Technical details
VIA Rail Canada


Provide VIA Rail with the necessary information to increase their train capacity
Economic studies

SYSTRA Canada is responsible for the delivery and audit of the ridership forecast and the planning study (cost benefit and financial analyses) for the High Frequency Rail System for passenger service between Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City.

The project consists in providing VIA with the capacity to increase train frequency and improve on-time performance with the purchase of rights-of-way, the construction of a track dedicated to passenger trains, different improvements on shared tracks in the corridor, and by an increase in rolling stock fleet.

Eight options have been developed and assessed in the 1,200 km corridor.


  • Review of previous studies, forecasts, and planning background;
  • Project positioning in VIA’s Strategic planning;
  • Revenue structure analysis;
  • Option scoping and definition;
  • All-mode travel network and demand analysis;
  • All-mode travel survey;
  • In-scope market estimation and growth, modal split, inducement, and uncertainty analyses;
  • Demand model development;
  • Ridership and revenue forecasts;
  • Impacts on transportation modes;
  • Cost benefit analysis;
  • Financial evaluation;
  • Sensitivity analysis;
  • Deliverability evaluation (schedule, construction, and implementation options).

The project in pictures