If this isn’t piggybacking off a good idea, then we don’t know what is. Today, a new (yes, new) construction company announced they’ve received the go-ahead from the Alberta Provincial Government to work on their own high-speed train between Calgary and Edmonton.
That company is called Prairie Link, and it’s a subsidiary of the Edmonton-born construction giant EllisDon. Basically, they’ve gone the whole ‘it’s not copying if you change it a little’ route. Like TransPod (the original company to get what’s known as a Memorandum of Understanding), Prairie Link’s vision is a high-speed rail connecting Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer.
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) August 25, 2020
Unlike TransPod, this proposal is both cheaper and will have slower speeds. While TransPod needs around $29B to complete the project, Prairie Link is after only $9B. One tradeoff there? A slower train, by like a lot. TransPod hopes to see speeds up to and exceeding around 600km/h. Meanwhile, Prairie Link is going to top out around 300-400km/h.
So, we’ve had high-speed trains all around the world for decades, and now, two have been proposed in Alberta in under a year? Since they’re private initiatives, it’s just about who gets the investors and funding first.