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  1. Urban Sky

    Dedicated Passenger Track in the Windsor - Quebec Corridor

    It's certainly more honest, serious and credible than anything about the OLP's Ontario HSR proposal ever was...
  2. Urban Sky

    Dedicated Passenger Track in the Windsor - Quebec Corridor

    I might have agreed with you until exactly one week ago: The Government of Canada will work with key partners including VIA Rail and the Canada Infrastructure Bank through the High Frequency Rail Joint Project Office to ensure that any enhancements to passenger rail services in Southwestern...
  3. Urban Sky

    VIA's Ocean will return on August 11 2021

    Apart from the Churchill train, which operates still at its regular schedule, once-per-week is universally applied across VIA's non-Corridor routes (Skeena was restored in July 2020, the Canadian in December Vancouver-Winnipeg and in May Winnipeg-Toronto, the Ocean follows now in August, whereas...
  4. Urban Sky

    Edmonton <> Calgary......A Future Corridor?

    I'm still not sure on what you base your lofty claims, but they appear to me as the result of mere speculation, daydreaming and an over-reliance on fiction than of any serious attempt at research and analysis. I randomly clicked on a piece of blue line along the Prairie North Line, identified...
  5. Urban Sky

    Edmonton <> Calgary......A Future Corridor?

    What makes you believe that the current travel time could be matched (or even beaten) on these secondary routes which haven't seen passenger service in 60 years? Have you checked the current speed limits or the siding lengths and spacing? Who is going to pay for upgrading these tracks to satisfy...
  6. Urban Sky

    VIA's Ocean will return on August 11 2021

    VIA retained the iconic names (with a very similarly stylized logo) of both transcontinental services: https://www.viarail.ca/en/explore-our-destinations/trains/atlantic-canada/montreal-halifax-ocean Edit: The back sides of December 2008 and May 2009 schedules show that VIA retained the names...
  7. Urban Sky

    VIA's Ocean will return on August 11 2021

    It seems to have been fixed since yesterday, as confirmed elsewhere: "Until yesterday, Reservia was offering Renaissance and Park car rooms on the Ocean. The Park rooms have now been removed. It has been known for many months that the train would not have a Park car, owing to the new mode of...
  8. Urban Sky

    Dedicated Passenger Track in the Windsor - Quebec Corridor

    I am aware that for surprisingly many Ontarians, the words "Ontarian" and "Canadian" seem to be interchangeable, but in other parts of Canada, people have a more local identity and prefer to be addressed as residents of their province rather than as citizens of their country. In any case, we...
  9. Urban Sky

    Dedicated Passenger Track in the Windsor - Quebec Corridor

    Not sure what makes HFR a "2018 project", but it was first proposed in 2014. Today's announcements were made in Quebec City and Trois-Rivières, both of which happen to be located in the province of Quebec. Expect announcements in Ottawa, Peterborough and Toronto in the next days, where the same...
  10. Urban Sky

    Dedicated Passenger Track in the Windsor - Quebec Corridor

    I would expect that most (if not all) the funding goes to the parts of HFR where it overlaps with VIA's existing Corridor network and would therefore be useful before and even without the approval&construction of the full project. That would be Quebec Gare du Palais to Allenby Junction (8 km)...
  11. Urban Sky

    More Night Trains for Europe

    Agreed, but I couldn't find any rail company which seems able (or willing) to sell you a CIV ticket which includes a seat in the TGV and a bed on the Nightjet. SNCF seems to be able to sell you a seat on the TGV and on the coaches of the Nightjet (which are actually operated by Deutsche Bahn...
  12. Urban Sky

    More Night Trains for Europe

    What makes you think that this connection is the result of a cooperation between Nightjet and SNCF rather than a mere coincidence? Have you tried booking both trains in a single transaction on a single reservation (which is the prerequisite of receiving any compensation for travel and...
  13. Urban Sky

    More Night Trains for Europe

    I'm neither aware of any Nightjet service serving Paris, nor of how any train linking the respective capitals of France and Germany could be sensibly routed through Freiburg im Breisgau...
  14. Urban Sky

    Ocean: Large cabin for 2

    There is no question that any parts of the train which break (or have become unsafe) need to be replaced, but for everything which goes beyond that, you need to secure funding, be it for a "State-of-good repair" programme or a full overhaul like the on-going Heritage Fleet programme... You are...
  15. Urban Sky

    Ocean: Large cabin for 2

    Time (downtime of the vehicle in question) is not the only resource required for doing renovations. The other is (capital) funding and the initial scope of the HEP heritage fleet programme has not been increased during the pandemic (in fact, it has been reduced, due to the cancelled accessible...
  16. Urban Sky

    New VIA Timetable and 'Preference' Update

    These four trains will be daily as of June 22, which will bring the entire Corridor back to the same schedule on every day of the week: "The following 4 trains: 66, 69, 643, 40 will resume daily service (7 days per week) starting on June 22, 2021."...
  17. Urban Sky

    New VIA Timetable and 'Preference' Update

    This is the result of a five second Google research: "Self Isolation Exemptions: Non-essential travel is strongly discouraged. Exemptions exist for certain critical needs like health care and transporting important goods and services. If individuals do not have symptoms, exemptions to...
  18. Urban Sky

    New VIA Timetable and 'Preference' Update

    Indeed, the first train is currently en-route for Toronto (it seems to have just passed Nakina). That said, I don't understand your concerns about Manitoba's quarantine rules for transiting passengers: are drivers expected to pee in a bottle and sleep in their cars while driving across the...
  19. Urban Sky

    The Canadian is resuming service to Toronto

    If you refer to the actual Order in Council: https://files.ontario.ca/solgen_oreg293-21_2021-04-16.pdf
  20. Urban Sky

    The Canadian is resuming service to Toronto

    Correct, both cars have essential functions, even as dome and lounge areas remain closed to passengers... Yawn, if VIA and the feds were just waiting for an excuse to cancel the Canadian, they would have done so about 10 years ago, when its financials were in a similarly rough shape where...
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