Somber third anniversary of suspension of Algoma’s Passenger Train


July 15, 2017 will mark the beginning of the 3rd year without passenger train service throughout remote areas of Algoma District. As a consequence, the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) will hold a special media event on July 12 at 10 am in Sault Ste. Marie at the Civic Centre and on July 14 at 10 am in Hearst at the Heritage Sawmill Marketplace. The presentation will include:

– Evidence to disprove Transport Canada & the Minister of Transport’s erroneous claim of existing public, safe and accessible alternative modes of transportation for people to reach destinations along the Algoma rail corridor.

– The day-to-day effects of a rising level of isolation in our region and the absence of public transportation

– The negative economic consequences that the absence of the passenger train service has had in Algoma District, between Sault Ste. Marie to Hearst.

Members of the media will also have the opportunity to experience a trip on one of the “transportation alternatives”, an inaccessible route leading into one of the communities along the Algoma rail line. Invitations have been extended to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Transport Marc Garneau to attend this event, including an opportunity to attempt to travel on an inaccessible route into the rail corridor.


  1. Sad. But I don’t understand how it’s been three years and everyone is still ok without it. Hmmm…Maybe we should take the many millions from this thing and use it for feeding the poor.

  2. What would one expect? It’s a massive money loser, mainly for the benefit of Al Errington, to chauffeur his customers to his doorstep and pay him premium prices to catch a few walleye. We haven’t seen him offer any portion of his massive profits to help bring the train back. He should be the first one to pony up instead of whining that he’s losing business. If it wasn’t for him this whole issue would be buried and forgotten.

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