Joining forces for passenger train service along for former Algoma Central Railway in Ontario

April 20, 2016

From Sault Online

In Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, on April 12, 2016, over 80 residents from approximately 20 remote communities along the Algoma Central Railway corridor between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst met to found the Mask-Wa Residents Association. Mask-Wa is Cree for Bear. While several local associations have existed along the rail line for many years, this is the first time that residents from approximately 20 remote communities have met to form a single association. This association will play an important role as part of the evolving not-for-profit organization that will oversee the passenger train operations. Len Piccolo will be the MRA representative on the board of the future not-for-profit. Len expressed the residents’ gratitude to Dennis Henderson who has been the residents’ representative on the ACR Passenger Train Stakeholders Working Group over the last 2 years.
Those in attendance at the meeting are very pleased that they now have an organization through which they can reach consensus as to how their interests will be represented with regard to such aspects as schedules, fares and plans to work together with the other board members to ensure the long-term sustainability of this essential piece of our regional transportation infrastructure.Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

Chief Jason Gauthier of Missanabie Cree First Nation, current chair of the ACR Passenger Train Working Group, explained how the Working Group has been actively involved with the recovery of passenger train service for more than two years and asked that the residents continue to be active participants. The evolving not-for-profit organization will support the social, economic and development needs of the First Nations, communities, businesses and people of the Algoma region by providing effective, efficient, reliable and safe railway passenger services.

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