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June 29, 2018
SouthwestLynx: Integrated High-Performance Transportation for Southwestern Ontario

A means to address the public transportation access and mobility deficiencies threatening Southwestern Ontario

SouthwestLynx reportSouthwestLynx is a practical, affordable plan that can be rapidly deployed to address the public transportation access and mobility deficiencies that are threatening Southwestern Ontario's economic, social and environmental destiny. By crating a high-performance rail (HPR) core system, SouthwestLynx can begin improving the region's public transportation system within one year.

SouthwestLynx is based on several successful HPR-based services currently operating or emerging in the U.S. and similar examples from around the world. The three prerequisites for the implementation of SouthwestLynx are:

  • Complete replacement of the Southwestern Ontario rail passenger fleet with new, proven high-performance diesel-electric locomotives and rolling stock, and rail infrastructure improvements;
  • Coordination and cooperation among the Government of Canada, federally-owned VIA Rail, the Government of Ontario and provincially-owned Metrolinx/GO Transit; and
  • A new governance and service delivery strategy based on the successful concepts employed on three integrated California high-performance rail corridors and Southwestern Ontario’s SWIFT ultra-high-speed broadband project.

Download the full SouthwestLynx: Integrated High-Performance Public Transportation for Southwestern Ontario report, or view it by section:

Front Cover
Table of Contents
Executive Summary
1.0 Introduction
2.0 Southwestern Ontario's Mobility Gap
3.0 The Benefits of Integrated Public Transportation Investment
4.0 Recent Federal and Provincial Initiatives
5.0 The High-Performance Rail Advantage
6.0 Successful U.S. High-Performance Rail Role Models
7.0 SouthwestLynx Prerequisites
8.0 SouthwestLynx Strategic Investments
9.0 Advancing the SouthwestLynx Plan
10.0 Recommendations



Other reports


Oxford County continues to advocate for strong transportation links that ensure the economic sustainability of the region. For more information about the County's position on high-performance rail versus high-speed rail, visit our newsroom: Southwestern Ontario deserves a high-speed rail EA that considers all options

Additional reports on Southwestern Ontario's regional transportation strategy include a 2016 report on “new directions” for public transportation and a 2017 report on the viability of short line railways.

Read the regional transportation document, Connecting Southwestern Ontario: Taking the Southwestern regional transportation discussion further, for an overview of Oxford County’s advocacy. Download



Question or comment about regional transportation?


Oxford County's Strategic Plan sets out a commitment to being well connected through transportation networks, community access and connectivity. The Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan further sets out a target to "develop accessible intercommunity transportation options."

Tell us what you think about Oxford's role in advancing a transportation role for Southwestern Ontario: submit your comment or question through the Speak Up, Oxford! comment form here.

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