Mask-wa Oo-ta-ban, the Bear Train, and the Coalition of Algoma Passenger Trains, encourage all Algoma business owners and residents to participate in the Northern Ontario Multimodal Transportation (NOMTS) Study survey. Please take a few moments of your time and click on the following link:
The deadline is tomorrow, September 15th
The Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) in conjunction with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) are developing this strategy in order to support the implementation of directions from the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, 2011. Both organizations, the Bear Train and CAPT, have formally submitted response, but individual participation, feedback, and insight is also key.
The survey is important because it allows us as Northern Ontarians to have a direct say in our future and shaping the strategies for transportation that the government will implement over the next 40 years. As the Missanabie Cree continue to work towards reinstating passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, the inclusion of rail as a priority in this strategy is critical.
General public and stakeholder participation is integral because the Algoma Passenger Train injected $38 to $48 million dollars annually into the Algoma economy, and created 220 direct and indirect jobs, all of which would stimulate investment, tourism, connectivity, and First Nations job development in Northern Ontario. As citizens of Northern Ontario, with its many remote communities, it is vital that we share our opinion to the government in regards to rail, and the infrastructure that we want to see as a whole.
For more information on the survey, the study and a link to participation:
For more information on the Missanabie Cree-led initiative reinstate passenger train service in the Algoma region, please visit www.beartrain.ca or contact Riley Smith at 705-257-8782 Riley@BearTrain.ca