With plan in place, passenger rail supporters press Ottawa to release subsidy for Algoma Central passenger train

June 29, 2016

By Ian Ross, Northern Ontario Business

Supporters of a cancelled passenger rail service are waiting on Ottawa to make good on a commitment to release a federal subsidy to allow a new railroader to take over operations on the Sault Ste. Marie-to-Hearst corridor.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

As the wilderness tourism season got underway in June and lodge owners along the 470-kilometre line faced cancelled bookings, Missanabee Cree Chief Jason Gauthier felt “very, very confident” service will be back on the rails this summer.

With a business plan submitted and a handpicked new rail operator ready to mobilize, the First Nation and the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) have been campaigning with letters and petitions to convince the federal government to release a $5-million-over-three-years subsidy to reinstate service.

Both groups were anxiously awaiting word from Transport Canada and Transport Minister Marc Garneau on the release of the funds, which had been promised by the previous government in early 2015.

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