CAPT Town Hall Meetings & ACR Passenger Service Update

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This past Friday, CN confirmed to the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) that it has extended the last day of the ACR Passenger Train Service from March 31st to April 29th, 2014.

CAPT will be holding a Town Hall Meeting tonight at 7:30pm in the Sault Civic Centre, providing everyone an opportunity to discuss the devastating decision by Transport Canada to cut CN’s funding resulting in the termination of the ACR Passenger Train Service.

The following is a Media Release by CAPT outlining further details of all three Town Hall Meetings, with two more being held tomorrow in Wawa and Hearst.

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) announces All Aboard! To save ACR Passenger Train. This is a series of 3 Town Hall Meetings/ Media Events with a train trip on the ACR between the Wawa and Hearst meetings.

Guest speaker, Harry Gow, transportation expert and founding president of Transport Action Canada, will be able to enlighten us about efforts elsewhere in the country to stop rail cuts.

The three meeting event will take place as follows:

Sault Ste. Marie Town Hall Meeting: Wed. Feb. 19 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Centre
Wawa Town Hall Meeting: Thurs. Feb. 20 at 10:00 am in the Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre
Hearst Town Hall Meeting: Thurs. Feb. 20 at 8:00 pm in the Companion Hotel

Following the Sault Ste. Marie meeting, the next morning (Thursday) the guest speaker and CAPT supporters will drive to Wawa. Following the Wawa meeting a delegation will have lunch at the Big Bear Restaurant in Hawk Junction and board the train to Hearst for the 8:00 pm meeting there. On the morning of Friday, Feb. 21 the delegation will return by train. All are invited to join us for any of the meetings and for the train trips on the 20th and 21st. We extend a particular invitation to the media to be present for this series of meetings and train trips.

The town hall meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to express their concerns about the devastating effects that the announced termination of the ACR passenger train service will have on the region’s tourism, on local businesses, on population retention, on the future of transportation in our region, on the environment, on people’s access to regional health care and postsecondary institutions to name only a few.

In addition to the opportunity for discussions, the CAPT website has been updated to further include:

  • Harry Gow, transportation expert and founding president of Transport Action Canada, will be the guest speaker.
  • a 7 minute film trailer by White Pine Productions of a major upcoming documentary film about the ACR and recently discovered Group of Seven painting sites will be introduced by Michael Burtch, and Joanie and Gary McGuffin. Here is the link: http://www.whitepinepictures.com/all-titles/spirit-land-in-search-of-the-group-of-seven/
  • a special message of support for the continuation of the ACR passenger train from world renowned Canadian artist and environmentalist, Robert Bateman, will be read.
  • a donation by the Canadian Federation of Students will be announced.
  • an update about the working group of stakeholders which is being led by the City of Sault Ste. Marie. The working group is led by Joe Fratesi, with help from Tom Dodds, ian McMillan, Angela Bruni and Dave Murphy of the SSM-EDC.

Support is building and increasing daily. This is an opportunity for the media to hear directly about the arguments against cancellation of the passenger train and what is being done to reverse this destructive decision.

Please pass the word around about these meetings and encourage all your contacts to attend.

For more information or additional contact information, please visit the CAPT website at http://captrains.ca/

Related Story & Online Petition:

All Aboard – Help Save Our Train!