Come on, ride the train: Why Canada needs a national rail strategy

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Professor Ibrahim was quoted in a Globe and Mail article on October 12, 2019: "Come on, ride the train: Why Canada needs a national rail strategy" by Elizabeth Renzetti (login required to view full article).

"Nadine Ibrahim, who holds the Turkstra Chair in Urban Engineering at the University of Waterloo, says, 'If you look at it from an environmental perspective, the fuel used in trains versus the fuel used in planes or cars, it’s automatically a better option. It’s a larger number of people moved in a more sustainable manner.' Prof. Ibrahim, for one, would like an efficient rail connection between Waterloo, where she works, and Toronto, where she lives. As it is, she leaves home at 6 a.m. to beat the nightmarish traffic on Highway 401. Even a limited light-rail project, such as Kitchener-Waterloo’s new ION line (link about ION light rail), has made a huge improvement in students’ lives, she says: 'It’s made things much more affordable for students who can now live a little bit farther away and still get to school.'"