Refurbish Ontario rail line: Vassiliadis

February 17, 2016

By Joelle Kovach, The Peterborough Examiner

Coun. Don Vassiliadis wants the federal and provincial governments to consider refurbishing the rail line between Peterborough and Toronto – on their dime.Website Insert Cars and Financing copy

Vassiliadis, the city’s transportation chairman, said he thinks a passenger train would make sense for Peterborough.

A freight line would be nice too, but he’s mostly focussed on the idea of moving people between the two cities. It could be an environmentally friendly move, he said, and might also help bolster the job market here.

At a committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday evening, Vassiliadis made a motion to lobby the feds and also Queen’s Park to consider it. He had unanimous support from councillors.

Vassiliadis said the idea has nothing to do with Shining Waters Railway.

Shining Waters had been a plan developed years ago by former MP Dean Del Mastro to get a rail link re-established between Havelock and Toronto.

Del Mastro’s plan included refurbishing the track, building or upgrading six train stations and platforms along the line, repairing bridges and buying rail cars – all for $233 million.

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