Every recession, the train thing gets trotted out. The main problem is Ontario incompetence, and the union thing. I never blame the unions per say, but all 'brains' flee the scene where there is a union! That's why the Big 3 have troubles, and we can't run nuclear plants, and as the comments say, we can't run trains on time.
**Digression - My friends in a big union car plant had a very nice cafeteria where they ate all the time. Union said that it had to be run by the auto union. After that, it was so bad they couldn't eat there anymore!
Converting cars to hybrids requires a 'smart grid', and some nuclear plants. We should just try and see if we can do this.