Queen’s Park names David Collenette its adviser on high-speed rail [Toronto Star]

Former federal Transport Minister David Collenette will oversee a preliminary business case for a Windsor-Toronto service.

Then-minister of transport David Collenette in 2000.
Then-minister of transport David Collenette in 2000.
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By Tess Kalinowski, Transportation reporter

Former federal Transport Minister David Collenette has been appointed as a special adviser on the provincial Liberal government’s high-speed rail project between Windsor and Toronto.

He is supposed to provide advice on a business case and potential financing of a service that would link Windsor, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Toronto, including a connection to Pearson airport.

Collenette, who left federal politics in 2004, was a key player in pushing for a train between the airport and downtown in Toronto, more than a decade before the province finally opened the Union Pearson Express in June.

In his provincial role he will consult with the public and private sectors and, look at international high speed rail services, said a government release Friday.

The announcement came on the deadline for tenders from consultants interested in developing a preliminary business case for the rail line, including potential routes, stops, speed of service, train frequency and technology. The contract is expected to begin in November for completion in March or April, according to a government procurement website.