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Minister of Transport announces external advisors to help deliver improvements to passenger rail service in Southwestern Ontario

Minister of Transport announces external advisors to help deliver improvements to passenger rail service in Southwestern Ontario

November 10, 2022              Ottawa           Transport Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to creating a faster, greener, more sustainable passenger rail service. The High Frequency Rail project, running from Toronto to Québec City, will deliver this commitment by transforming passenger rail through the creation of a more frequent and sustainable rail service. The Government of Canada will also be exploring options to improve passenger rail frequencies and on-time performance, and to shorten travel times in Southwestern Ontario.

High Frequency Rail (HFR) – Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) Update

On October 31, 2022, the Government of Canada released the Request for Expressions of Interest Update. This follows up on the Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) that was released March 10, 2022.

Over 50 industry participants submitted expressions of interest, and Canada has reviewed these responses and gathered information to inform next steps in the procurement process. Canada is using the feedback received to refine the project requirements, the deal structure and the anticipated procurement and co-development processes and timelines. Canada’s newly released RFEOI Update summarizes key themes stemming from the RFEOI process and provides additional information, clarifications and adjustments to some elements of the procurement process for the HFR Project, prior to the expected launch of the RFQ.

Indigenous Peoples Participation Funding

The participation of Indigenous Peoples is essential to the success of the proposed High Frequency Rail project. To support and encourage the participation of Indigenous Peoples in discussions related to the development of the High Frequency Rail Project in the Toronto to Québec City corridor, Transport Canada is making grant funding available through the Community Participation Funding Program - High Frequency Rail (CPFP-HFR). This funding program may be accessed by eligible recipients following receipt of an invitation to participate in project-related engagement and consultation activities from Transport Canada and/or the HFR Technical Office. Please contact info@hfr-tgf.ca for more information.

We’re Growing!

The Integrated Project Team is pleased to announce the appointment of three high-calibre professionals to enhance the expertise available for the planning of the High Frequency Rail Project. These three individuals collectively bring a wealth of experience in project management, rail engineering, public affairs, indigenous relations and stakeholder communications.

A photograph of Graeme Hampshire.

GRAEME HAMPSHIRE
Project Director

Why I chose to work on this project?
I have witnessed the benefits and have firsthand knowledge of the transformative impact that modern, resilient, and sustainable rail services can have on people’s lives. I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Integrated Project Team and bring my experience and knowledge of the rail and infrastructure sectors to make High Frequency Rail service in Canada a reality.

Biography

A chartered engineer for nearly 40 years, Graeme Hampshire has held a number of senior positions in major transportation and infrastructure organizations in the rail and aviation sectors around the world. As well as playing a key role with private and government organizations and national rail networks, his clients have included project developers, regulators and operators across the supply chain.

In the UK rail sector, Graeme has over 20 years' experience in franchising and was Chairman of the Rail Delivery Group Reform Board. He was Business Development Director for Stagecoach plc, a UK rail and bus operator, and Franchise Director for the Strategic Rail Authority in the UK.

He has worked in all areas of franchising having leased and managed most of the UK network, either for the Strategic Rail Authority or for operators, leading bids for some 12 franchises and contracts, including both Virgin West Coast and East Coast operations.

Prior to joining the High Frequency Rail project full time, he was involved in projects in throughout Europe, including the High Speed Line project in the Netherlands, Australia, Botswana and the United States. In Canada, he recently served as Consortium Director for the procurement of the Metrolinx OnCorr RER. He also played a leading role in the design of High Speed 1 in UK.

Graeme holds a MA from Cambridge University and an MBA from Brunel University. His wife, Liz and four adult children are delighted he has taken this role.

A photograph of Richard Moura.

RICHARD MOURA
Director of Rail Access

Why I chose to work on this project?
This is a marquee project which will change the lives of Canadians for decades and a project that I want to be a part of. I also chose to work on this project for my kids. As my kids get older, I want them to have the ability to go to school and find a career in eastern Canada where they are always just a short train trip away for Sunday dinners.

Biography

Richard Moura has joined the HFR executive team as the Director of Rail Access. Richard is tasked with the critical mission of working collaboratively with host railways to increase both passenger service and freight capacity within Canada.

Richard will leverage his more than 15 years of private and public rail sector in the fields of engineering, operations and commercial negotiations. Richard is a professional engineer who has successfully managed, bid, closed and delivered some of Canada’s transformational rail projects over the last 8yrs.

Richard studied Photonics Engineering before moving into Rail Signalling for CN Rail. He then moved on to build a signals engineering group at Metrolinx where he helped deliver service improvements for the Greater Toronto Area. Finally, Richard moved on to SNC-Lavalin where he helped bid and deliver some of Canada’s iconic rail projects.

What his resume does not show is that he’s a life learner who uses physics and first principles thinking to bring clarity to complex issues. When he’s not working on major infrastructure projects, he spends most of his time being a father of three young kids. “My kids have taught me more in the last 7 years than what I have learned through a lifetime of experiences, and I love every minute of it.

A photograph of Jacques Fauteux.

JACQUES FAUTEUX
Director of Strategic Engagement

Why I chose to work on this project?
I am excited to rekindle previous relationships and make new ones as I return to the passenger rail business. High Frequency Rail is a huge, complex and vitally important task. I am privileged to be part of the team responsible to contribute to this major infrastructure project which will benefit Canadians, our communities and environment.

Biography

Jacques Fauteux has returned to the passenger rail business and now leads communications, public affairs, Indigenous relations for the High Frequency Rail Integrated Project Office.

Prior to his present role, Jacques worked as the Assistant Chief Statistician responsible for Strategic Engagement at Statistics Canada where he directed a multi-disciplinary team of approximately 500 communications, dissemination and data access experts who helped more Canadians to connect with their data and statistical insights.

Before joining Statistics Canada, Jacques established and led VIA Rail’s Government and Community Relations office where he implemented a comprehensive strategy which helped the passenger rail company increase its visibility with key stakeholders and decision-makers. With his team, he built collaborative and productive relations with community and indigenous leaders, public servants and elected officials to advance some major, multi-billion dollar projects that are revitalizing intercity passenger rail travel.

For nearly seven years, Jacques served Canadians and elected officials. First as a deputy director in the Prime Minister's Office, and later as a director or chief of staff in the offices of ministers responsible for transport, infrastructure, economic development, national defence, Veterans affairs and the Asia–Pacific Gateway.

Jacques also served close to 25 years as a naval officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, where he managed the complex operations of a naval warship and directed public affairs teams in Canada as well as international operations.

Jacques holds a MBA from Royal Roads University, an Honours Bachelor of Arts (politics and history) from the Royal Military College of Canada, and a public relations certificate from Toronto Metropolitan University. He presently volunteers as a board member for the Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation, the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, and the World Remembers.

Jacques lives in Ottawa with his wife Joanne. He has three daughters. He is an avid but not necessarily fast cyclist. His creative pursuits also include artisan bread making and photography.

The addition of these three professionals to our team will allow us to pursue all of the steps that will lead to the realization of the most important rail project in over a century.

High Frequency Rail (HFR) – Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI)

HFR – RFEOI Process

On March 10, 2022 the Government of Canada launched the RFEOI, seeking views from industry on the HFR project. On April 6, 2022, RFEOI virtual Information Sessions were held to provide information to industry on the RFEOI in order to support Industry in providing a response to help inform the development of the HFR project and its procurement approach. Responses to the RFEOI were requested by May 31, 2022. Over 50 industry participants submitted expressions of interest, and Canada is reviewing these responses and continues to gather information to inform next steps in the procurement.

News Releases

Government of Canada advances the procurement process for High Frequency Rail

Government of Canada advances the procurement process for High Frequency Rail

October 31, 2022              Ottawa           Transport Canada

High Frequency Rail will transform passenger rail service in Canada through the creation of a faster, more frequent, accessible, and sustainable rail service among the major centres of Québec City, Trois-Rivières, Montréal, Ottawa, Peterborough, and Toronto.

Government of Canada launches the next phase in the procurement process for High Frequency Rail

Government of Canada launches the next phase in the procurement process for High Frequency Rail

March 9, 2022              Ottawa           Transport Canada

High Frequency Rail will transform passenger rail service in Canada through the creation of a faster, more frequent, more accessible and more sustainable rail service among the major centres of Québec City, Trois-Rivières, Montréal, Ottawa, Peterborough and Toronto.

The Government of Canada is taking the first steps in preparing for the procurement process to build a new train service in the Toronto to Québec City Corridor

The Government of Canada is taking the first steps in preparing for the procurement process to build a new train service in the Toronto to Québec City Corridor

July 6, 2021  Québec City, Québec  Transport Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to modernizing intercity passenger rail services in a way that will best meet the transportation needs of travellers, while also creating jobs and economic growth.

Government of Canada takes next steps to further explore VIA Rail’s High Frequency Rail proposal in the Québec City-Toronto Corridor

Government of Canada takes next steps to further explore VIA Rail’s High Frequency Rail proposal in the Québec City-Toronto Corridor

June 25, 2019    Trois-Rivières     Government of Canada

A modernized passenger rail system with a dedicated track would significantly improve the movement of people in Canada’s most densely populated regions and busiest transportation corridor, from Québec City to Toronto.

Background Materials

What is HFR?

High Frequency Rail (HFR) is world-class transportation infrastructure that puts people first, and redefines the way we live, work and play. With over 1,000 KM of new passenger rail infrastructure between major city-centres including Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City, HFR will deliver new trains, tracks, civil infrastructure, structures and rail systems to service Canada’s growing population.

How do I get involved?

We are committed to seeking insights from and listening to the perspectives of municipalities, Indigenous peoples and those who are interested or potentially affected by the establishment of HFR. As the project progresses, you can get involved by viewing important documents and participating in online engagement activities and events.

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