High-speed rail link could pose challenges

Lacombe County says a high-speed rail link between Edmonton and Calgary could pose challenges for local residents.

Lacombe County says a high-speed rail link between Edmonton and Calgary could pose challenges for local residents.

One of the biggest issues is the barrier the rail line would create from one side of the county to the other, said county commissioner Terry Hager at a Thursday council meeting.

The province announced late last year that it was taking another look at high-speed rail. The government’s Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future plans to study the matter and report back to the legislative assembly by the end of May.

Moe Amery, Calgary-East MLA and chairman of the standing committee, sent municipalities and other stakeholders letters last month asking for written submissions by the end of January.

Hager said the county outlined its views several years ago when the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties was studying high-speed rail.

The county plans to resubmit its previous position work on high-speed rail to the committee.

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