Transportation tops list of election issues in Canada’s Gaspé region

October 2, 2015

Candidates in Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine outline their plans to solve region’s transportation woes

CBC asked voters in the riding of Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine which election issues matter the most to them and then put their questions to the candidates.  Here are some of their answers.

Transportation

“I really miss the train…. Now I’m forced to use the airlines, and I find the prices are pretty high, but it’s the only thing left for me to do. I could drive myself, but at my age, 82, I find it’s just too much to hit the highway and go all the way to Toronto and Montreal. That’s where my family is. I would ask [the candidates] what’s the state of transportation? Is there any real real hope?”  — Ken Moore, Douglastown resident.Website Insert Start Here copy

Context

Rail

The Via Rail passenger train has not made it to Gaspé since December 2011.

The poor state of the tracks forced the cancellation of rail service, and now trains stop in Matapédia, a four-hour drive from Gaspé. About $100 million needs to be invested in the rail infrastructure to make it safe for passenger trains.

Bus

Since the purchase of Orléans Express by the transport company Kéolis, bus service to the Gaspé has diminished throughout the region — and ceased between Gaspé and Chandler on the Baie des Chaleurs.

Plane

A return Gaspé-Montreal flight costs, on average, $1,000, and Air Canada has cancelled three return flights to the Magdalen Islands in September and October.  The flights were supposed to leave Montreal with stops in Quebec City and Gaspé along the way.

Marika Wheeler of CBC News Montreal has the full story by clicking here.

 

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