Could Railmark take over passenger train service again?

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A letter from Railmark Canada Limited concerning the ACR passenger train

For 101 years the ACR Passenger Train operated from Sault Ste Marie to Hearst, Ontario. In the last 20 years or so it was subsidized by the Canadian taxpayer. In 2014, Transport Canada gave the community one year to find a solution and Railmark Canada Limited was chosen by a legal RFP process by the community of Sault Ste Marie and then approved by CN. Railmark purchased the passenger train franchise from CN and obtained all necessary certifications and qualifications, then achieved operating status where it ran the ACR Passenger Train, renamed the ALgoma Spirit Passenger Train, until July 18th because the Sault Ste Marie government through the Economic Development Corporation would not work with Railmark to finalize and execute a Reimbursement Agreement on funding provided by Transport Canada during the Harper Administration.

The EDC went through another RFP process and all three candidates could not pass the standards of operations from CN as Railmark had. Now industry and businesses could fail if the train is not started soon, hopefully by mid-May. Railmark still has all of its certifications and is the quickest solution to resuming train service. Additionally Railmark has a plan with this train to significantly increase ridership, tourism and this the economy and employment. But there are forces that want to run the train the way its always been and that’s not fair to the Canadian taxpayer. Railmark’s plan drives the train operation to financial sustainability in five years to an average ridership of 60,000 per year at the end of the development plan.

For more on Railmark and why that company should be re-considered, go to wawa-news.com

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. Bear in mind that it was a flake , more or less, that started Sault Ste Marie in the first place.. Clerque was a dreamer and a great starter but he lost it all in the long run… Why not give this guy another run at it? He still has all the papers and licences to do it, and above all, the BALLS to try it again… The sault is supposed to be all about trying new stuff so lets try new stuff.. So what if the guy is a bit of a jerk, if he can make it go then let him give it a go… Better than wasting more money on the EDC and bankrupting several businesses to the north….

    • Railmark has a horrible track record and doesn’t have the money required, period.
      If going this route they might as well contact Garforth as well and see if he is interested.

  2. RAILMARK IS NOT COMING BACK…THERE IS ALREADY AN ACTION PLAN BEING PUT INTO PLACE…THE WORKING GROUP IS THE VOICE OF THE ENTIRE LINE…FROM OUTFITTERS TO COTTAGERS…ALLEN BROWN DOES NOT ATTENED THESE MEETINGS, SO HOW WOULD HE KNOW WHO IS ON IT…IT ALSO COVERS, WAWA, HEARST, HAWK JCT, AND POINT IN BETWEEN

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