Peterborough, Ontario commuter railway project remains in the hands of government officials

February 1, 2016

By Jamie Steel, Peterborough This Week

PETERBOROUGH — Nearly a decade after former Member of Parliament Dean Del Mastro introduced plans to bring a commuter rail from Toronto to Havelock, the Shining Waters Railway remains in the hands of federal and provincial government officials.Website Insert Coach Business Class Food Service copy

Tony Smith, Shining Waters president, says his main concern following the election was that all the documents, all the paperwork, all the effort they had put into the project so far would be destroyed. That, he says, is not the case. All files have been retained, he says, and now they are simply waiting for a decision.

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On Nov. 26, Mr. Smith says three of the Shining Waters directors met with MP Maryam Monsef, just three weeks after her swearing in, to discuss the project.

“She certainly understood the importance of the project. We’re certainly encouraged by Minister Monsef’s interest in the project,” says Mr. Smith.

“It was an extremely good meeting,” he says.

Mr. Smith says the federal government has expressed interest in fast-tracking projects that are ready to go. The Shining Waters Railway, he says, fits that description.

“This is shovel-ready,” says Mr. Smith.

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