VIA Rail vs Goderich Exeter Railway: Resolution Petition sign now

VIA Rail Canada Inc. is currently in a dispute with Goderich/Exeter Railway Company (Rail America) relating to track usage fees on the North Main Rail Line. That is the rail line that runs from London, through Stratford, Kitchener, Guelph, Georgetown, Brampton into Toronto.

This dispute has resulted in the postponement and possible cancellation of an additional 14 passenger trains a day by VIA Rail and GO Rail Transit. This dispute also threatens the millions of dollars given by the federal government to VIA Rail for infrastructure improvements to the line, including safety-related initiatives and the installation of centralized traffic control systems.

VIA Rail and GO Rail Transit have published in the GO Transit Rail Guelph Environmental Assessment Report July 23rd, 2009, that they have the intent to run a total of 20 passenger trains through Kitchener/Guelph.

The business case for increased passenger rail service along the North Main Line has been well documented in the February 23rd, 2006 Dillon Consulting Report on this subject.

By signing this petition you are saying that you are requesting that the Honourable John Baird resolve the dispute involving VIA Rail Canada Inc. and Goderich Exeter Railway Company so that the infrastructure money allocated to VIA Rail can be spent improving the line and so that additional VIA Rail and GO Rail passenger trains can begin service on the line.

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Latest Signatures

  • 05 December 2015200. Elizabeth G
    I support this petition
  • 25 November 2015199. Bruce B
    If they won't agree on an amount, cancel the lease and let the courts decide.
  • 20 November 2015198. Paul G
    Additional rail links and more frequent service needs to be a priority to encourage people to get out of their automobiles. If necessary, break the contract with GXER railway to facilitate the upgrading of the rail lines.
  • 17 November 2015197. Alison G
    I support this petition
  • 15 November 2015196. Ross G
    I support this petition
  • 24 September 2015195. Bob M
    The proposed upgrading of passenger service along this line is long overdue and needs to be implemented as soon as possible.
  • 03 September 2015194. Cathy M
    One way to lessen our dependence on oil is to have more options in mass transport - let's get on with it.
  • 02 September 2015193. Gregory J
    Let's move into the future with this .
  • 23 August 2015192. Robert P
    I support this petition
  • 06 August 2015191. Suzanne M
    I support this petition
  • 06 August 2015190. Brent L
    I support this petition
  • 23 July 2015189. David M
    I support this petition
  • 13 July 2015188. Melissa W
    I support this petition
  • 12 July 2015187. Chris S
    I support this petition
  • 30 June 2015186. George R
    I support this petition
  • 21 June 2015185. Margaret M
    The ride to London is reportedly rough. Fear exists that lack of maintainance will lead to an accident!
  • 02 June 2015184. Matthew S
    Canadians deserve proper passenger rail service, not more empty promises from politicians and studies that go nowhere
  • 22 May 2015183. Mary P
    Passenger train service is the best method of travel for every citizen or visitor to Canada - but it must be efficient, frequent, affordable and accesible for all ablilites - and must be an intermodal method of transportation which connects efficiently wi
  • 10 May 2015182. John S
    I support this petition
  • 08 May 2015181. Gail M
    Walk the talk, improve the service so we can take the train!
  • 30 April 2015180. Sean T
    I support this petition
  • 02 April 2015179. Gordon N
    I support this petition
  • 22 March 2015178. Mary Annvandene
    I support this petition
  • 21 March 2015177. Robert H
    I support this petition
  • 18 March 2015176. John Pearcepastprestpta
    Gov't support is needed. We lag the U.S. badly.
  • 13 March 2015175. Barrence L
    I support this petition
  • 15 February 2015174. Bonnie S
    We need this service to continue!

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Jean HarrisBy:
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Petition target:
The Honourable John Baird, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

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