Try again, champ! If you have unlimited time and money, the 401 is great. Normal people lack at least one of the two. Switzerland has fewer people than the Windsor-Quebec corridor, but they can still build high-speed rail there. Same with Belgium. Oh! There are airports? Well, I guess Europeans don't have those since Germany and France developed international high-speed rail links. It likely cost nothing since only Canada has to pay a bazillion trillion dollars for infrastructure. Nice one on Mars One, though. A non-profit is the same thing as a government.Way to completely sidestep the issues being discussed.
In order for what would be one of the most expensive, multi-government infrastructure projects in our country's history to be built, there has to be a cost/benefit analysis. In this case, the cost is massive (tens of billions of dollars), and the benefit is marginal (a train that looks pretty but goes no faster than a flight, for an equal or greater price than traditional rail).
What makes you say that the corridor is "incredibly poorly served"? If that was the case, it would be either very expensive or very difficult to transport goods and people along this corridor. A quick search reveals that VIA has nine trains going from Toronto to Montreal on Monday. There are two airports from which you can fly. The 401 is open 24 hours a day. No one else seems to be having a problem.
All kinds of governments have had all kinds of projects at various stages of planning before they were deemd to be unfeasible for one reason or another. The fact that some guy floated a random idea X number of years ago means nothing. See also: Mars One project.
That's nice. Countries that aren't as dense as Japan still build high-speed. Hell, Iran is building one and it's across a desert. Do you not see a problem with Iran getting high-speed rail before Canada?Magyar
Just also for the point of comparisons to Asia and infrastructure there vs what we have here.
If we say that the corridor between Windsor to Quebec City is the most populous corridor in Canada, it's around 1150km and when you throw Windsor/London/GTA/Ottawa/Montreal Quebec and say any community within 50km into the mix it's probably a 15 million person area, max 20 million
Compare that to say this in Japan:
This is a 1200km corridor of Japan that has 83 million people living in it.
15-20 million is not even in the same ballpark as 83+ million people.
Yeah, no one goes to Windsor except people traveling to and from Windsor. And cargo can go slowly? That's interesting given just-in-time manufacturing. But hey! Canada isn't ready for it. It's too hard!For work, I frequently used the high speed rail in Japan. I lived in Nagoya, which was nice and centrally located.
I never really knew the distance from anywhere to anywhere because my brain was hardwired for "distance = hours in car x 100km/h" and obviously the trains don't work that way. So it's ~280 to Tokyo from Nagoya according to the article. Interesting.
But I will tell you this. You get on the shinkansen at Fukuoka, which is where is arguably starts, and the entire way through every major city in skinny Japan up to Tokyo (I never made it further than Tokyo), you do NOT see an interruption in urbanization whatsoever. Other people have mentioned the figures, they are, in some way, irrelevant because Japan prefectures and municipalities will arbitrarily draw up their borders and density figures reflect it. The point is, along the high speed rail line, it is uninterrupted, as far as you can see out the window, urban development. (aka sprawl, think the shit parts of Mississauga, as opposed to the good parts of Brampton)
And one stop looks like the next stop looks like the next stop, and they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.
ANd the density doesn't end at the high-speed rail stops. THen there is a network of trains that permeates down to a point that every person pretty much anywhere can, in no more than a 5 minute bike ride, access a train which will bring them to anywhere in the country, for a variety of $$$. The cost is measured not per ride but per distance, everywhere, at all scales. Oh and as someone mentioned, if you take a leg to an airport the "scale" drastically increases.
What DO they do with all those spent magnetic train tickets?
Windsor to Montreal is a long distance. Forget that no commuters actually go to Windsor; from London to Windsor is just cargo, which can go slowly. The drive from London to Windsor is so boring that it's danerous, but so infrequent that the road is frequently snowed over.
Then there's Ajax to Kingston.. that's another ghost town, except Napanee where they have a McDonalds and a left turn in case you want to go into the no-man's land of Canada's North, which I'll point out is itself 3 times larger than all of Japan.
From Kingston, you can take a poop in Cornwall or turn left for Ottawa, but otherwise there's nothing but a depaneur until you get to Montreal.
I've taken the train from Kitchener to Montreal and it's a pleasant, but slow experience. Note that the shinkansen is not a pleasant experience. It's very akin to an airplane. Via rail: you have lots of space, big windows, leg room, conversation, "time".
Anyway this country is not ready nor needing of high speed rail yet and I'm not sure that's a bad thing. Take the VIA from Toronto to Vancouver and it's a tourist destination, because of the awesome scenery along the way. There is no such thing in Japan except blue roofs, cramped streets, and the incessant Daie grocery store chain ads.