It is a partial version of the Missing Link.
The Missing Link can be built incrementally, and a subset of it supports CN before project completion.
I beg to differ. This is a recipe for failure. No investor (of size) is going to go for a piecemeal approach, and that includes the Feds. Do you start building the roads of a subdivision before you know what's to be erected?They may have contracts with both CN and CP before the first shovel goes in the ground (to guarantee that they will be using the bypass in eventuality). But CN is almost certainly going to start rolling trains first, just simply because that phase is completable sooner. They get the privilege of first public announcement.
You miss one of the most crucial aspects, make that two, on this: The dictatorial fiat of two Acts, where the Feds can step in and make this happen the way they see best fit for the nation, and *financing*. Why would a large org involved in financing back a half-baked scheme? They'd much rather put twice the money into the full scheme than half into each of two competing entities.
To do this the way you project is riven with complexities and inefficiences, if not complete conundrums.
How's this for an idea? Two competing street-car systems along the same streets. Different tracks.
Think it through. CN's marshmallow attempt isn't even called a "Link" for good reason. I used the term "link" to search the document to find the apt chapter. Guess what? Zilch hits.
This *IS NOT* in part or even in gist, "The Missing Link". CP is holding their marbles for a good reason, as to exactly what that reason is is hard to know at this time, inevitably, they're being intransient on some aspects, thus the smarmy "look at what great citizens we are" PR of CN.
This will not happen until Trudeau gets serious about this. Garneau, like all Ministers of Cabinet for the last few decades, with very few exceptions (Paul Martin being one, and perhaps Flaherty another being some) gets his marching orders from the boys in short pants in the PMO's office. Trudeau *will not* put money behind a lop-sided scheme, neither should he. He has the power to knock heads together to makes this the real thing. Or nothing! No in-between.
This isn't rocker science (sic) fer gawdsakes. This is a large investment for the sake of the nation, not just the GTA. And on that basis, the financing will happen. Nothing less...