Seminar Series

PEOSC is organizing a seminar as part of its goal to help members to achieve a better career through seminars.

TOPICContinental Rail Gateway (CRG) – Replacement Tunnel between Windsor, ON and Detroit, MI.

PRESENTER: Paul Nimigon, BES                   

WHERE: Agincourt Library Auditorium 155 Bonis Ave. Scarborough. Follow here for MAP

WHEN:  October 21, 2014 Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm



6:00 pm               Networking/Refreshments

6:30 pm               Introduction

6:40 pm               Presentation

7:40 pm               Question Period

7:55 pm               Vote of Thanks and Conclusion

About the Presenter:

Paul E. Nimigon, BES is the Vice President of Transportation – Rail at and Partner of MMM Group, has over 39 years of experience in the area of transit and railway experience. His extensive experience on heavy rail and commuter transit projects including Metrolinx, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), VIA Rail, Quebec / Windsor High-Speed Rail, CPR, and Canadian National Railway (CNR). He is also the principal-in-Charge of three major long term Metrolinx and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) projects in the Toronto area (TTC – Spadina Transit Expansion; Metrolinx – Eglinton Cross Town; TTC – Capital Construction Management).

Synopsis of the Topic: The Continental Rail Gateway Project is an initiative undertaken by the Windsor Port Authority, Borealis Infrastructure, and Canadian Pacific to construct a replacement rail tunnel in the Windsor-Detroit Gateway. Canada and the U.S. share the largest bilateral flow of goods, services, people, and capital of any two countries in the world. The total value of trade was over $632B in 2013. The Windsor-Detroit Gateway accounts for nearly a fifth of total trade between the two nations.

The existing Detroit River Rail Tunnel between Windsor and Detroit is a 103 year old twin tubed rail tunnel that serves over 400,000 railcars per year, and approximately $24B of trade in 2013. Since the existing tunnel went into operation, rail equipment and operating practices have changed significantly to meet modern requirements and the need for greater efficiency; in particular, the use of larger railcars, such as AutoMax cars, and double-stacking of intermodal containers. The existing tunnel does not have the required clearance to accommodate the larger modern train equipment, and has become a bottleneck in the Montreal-Chicago trade corridor. This limits the trade growth potential of Ontario, Quebec, and the American Midwest.

This presentation will provide a summary of this project.

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