The third floor of the Civic Centre was packed this morning as various stakeholders, interested parties and the media were on hand for the announcement by The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport. Her message, that federal support for the ACR Passenger Train Service will be extended until the end of March 2015, was rightfully celebrated by those in attendance.
The Minister took the time to travel to the Sault despite poor weather conditions and an extremely busy schedule this week to personally deliver the good news. Sault Online’s Craig Huckerby had the opportunity to speak to Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Debbie Amaroso, The Honourable Lisa Rait and MP Bryan Hayes:
It’s now up to stakeholders and local municipal leaders to use this time to develop a sustainable long-term solution for the continuation of the ACR Passenger Rail Service.
For more information or to follow progress, please visit:
Algoma Passenger Rail | www.algomapassengerrail.com
Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) | www.captrains.ca
Official Transport Canada Press Release
April 14th, 2014
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced today that the Government of Canada will extend its $2.2-million federal subsidy to CN for the operation of the Algoma Central Railway (ACR) passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, Ontario until March 31, 2015.
The one-year extension of federal support for the operation of the ACR passenger rail service will give affected stakeholders as well as local municipal leaders more time to make arrangements for the development of a sustainable long-term solution for the ACR passenger rail service.
Since 1977, the Government of Canada has provided CN with financial support to ensure the continued operation of the ACR passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst under the Regional and Remote Passenger Rail Services Class Contribution Program. In 2013, the program was renewed as the Remote Passenger Rail Program, with a focus on remote rail services that provide access to established, year-round communities with few or no other transportation options.
“The government is pleased to extend funding for another year to continue operation of ACR’s passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst. This funding will give local stakeholders time to explore long-term solutions for passenger rail service in the area.” – The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport.