Smiths Falls endorses VIA Rail expansion plans

Posted on: July 17, 2017

Chris Must

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.”

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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.

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3 thoughts on “Smiths Falls endorses VIA Rail expansion plans

  1. D

    I have used to train to Brantford a few times. It is always busy. And the parking lot at the Smiths Falls station, is more often then not, full or close to it. I also think this is a no brainer. Now if we just had a bus running, at least 6 months of the year, to bring people into the core of town! Give them something to stop and stay in town for.

    1. Cheryl

      I take the train to visit my family in Burlington more than once I have had to drive to Brockville to catch the train because the Smiths Falls station parking lot was full. This is just not acceptable. I hope something is done soon to remedy the parking situation

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