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What is HFR?


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HFR would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It would offer people an option with a much lower carbon footprint than cars or planes. And in this digital age, with more of us working from home, HFR has the potential to create more opportunities for people to live in the community of their choice by making travel, including commuting, a greener, more accessible and more convenient option. HFR would be a model of sustainable transportation.

Did you know?

Passenger rail is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel. 

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Greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions: the HFR Project could reach net zero emissions by 2050 resulting from avoided emissions by diverting passengers from cars and planes.

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HFR would reduce intercity car trips.

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Upgraded trains: Modern low-emission and electrified equipment reduces GHGs.


Modern & resilient infrastructure: HFR would replace existing infrastructure with modern infrastructure resilient to the impacts of climate change.

HFR has the potential to:

  • Reduce Canada’s environmental footprint by reducing GHG emissions.
  • Be designed to be climate resilient, able to withstand the extremes of our summers and winters, thereby supporting Canada’s sustainable development priorities.

Through its commitment to being designed and built based on high standards of social acceptability, HFR would ultimately make a positive social, environmental and economic contribution, not just to the communities it will serve, but to the entire country.

People leaving the train station after travelling from Québec City to Toronto on High Frequency Rail. Toronto is depicted by the CN Tower and Québec City by the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral. Illustration.
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