Canada pursues passenger-rail projects

In June, the Canadian federal government announced funding for a series of passenger-rail projects. One major announcement came June 15, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to provide CA$1.3 billion to help build a 41-mile light-rail system in Montreal. Known as the Reseau Electrique Metropolitain, the system would include 27 stations connecting downtown Montreal, suburban areas and Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

One day later, Trudeau announced plans to pony up CA$1.09 billion for extensions to Ottawa's O-Train network. Expected to cost CA$3.6 billion total, the project involves building 23 miles of rail and 23 new stations.

To learn more about the Canadian government's recent passenger-rail investments, check out my brief summary from our July issue. Do you think these are worthwhile projects? Are there any other transit projects that may be worthier? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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