Most would love it, but few want to pay for it

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The bullet train debate is back. “Every once in a while it comes up, gets some people excited and some annoyed, then dies down again,” says Paul Pettypiece, president of the Forth Junction Heritage Society in Red Deer. While the idea to link Calgary and Edmonton with a fast train has returned, thanks to a provincial government committee examining its feasibility, Pettypiece says it was first proposed by an MLA in 1985. Ironically, the idea owes partial inspiration to Canadian Pacific and Canadian National deciding to scrap passenger rail services between Alberta’s big cities.

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