Smiths Falls town councillors have passed a resolution of support for VIA Rail’s multi-million dollar “high frequency” train project for the Windsor to Quebec City corridor.
At a July 17 council meeting, Mayor Shawn Pankow asked fellow councillors to support VIA’s application to the federal government, which he said would be “a very meaningful expansion for our community.”
Costing at least $4 billion, VIA’s proposal would see increased frequency of train travel within the corridor, including south to Brockville and north to Ottawa.
“I think it’s a no-brainer,” said Councillor Jay Brennan.
Council’s resolution of support stated the project would stimulate economic development while having a positive effect on the environment.