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Transportation minister clarifies statement about high-speed rail between Calgary and Edmonton

Transportation minister Brian Mason said his comments were misinterpreted

Transportation Minister Brian Mason said there is no money for high-speed rail, but it remains on the ministry's radar.

Canadian Press

Transportation Minister Brian Mason said there is no money for high-speed rail, but it remains on the ministry's radar.

After bringing up high-speed railways between Calgary and Edmonton, during Wednesday's question period, Alberta’s transportation minster says his comments about the railway were misinterpreted.

During question period Wednesday, Mason was asked for alternative solutions to QE2 congestion and the minister brought up high-speed railways.

“The objective of that corridor is to move people and goods, not necessarily vehicles, so we have to look at different alternatives,” he said. “The high-speed train between Edmonton and Calgary is something that we're beginning to ask about.”

But, Thursday, when asked by reporters about a high-speed railway between the two Alberta cities, Mason said he needed to clarify.

“While it’s not part of our plans — we have no money allocated towards it — it's something that is on our radar in the sense that at some point we will need to study it more thoroughly.”

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