Stakeholder Talks Economic Impacts due to Lack of Rail Service

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It’s been three long years now since there was passenger train service on the Algoma Central Railway (CN) between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst.

Businesses – hotels, motels, restaurants, lodges and the retail sector – in the region have suffered losses.

BDO Canada reported in an economic impact statement in 2014 that the total impact associated with the ACR is in the realm of $38 to $48 million dollars. Many lodges have seen as much as a 40% drop in clientele because there is no rail access and float plane access is not a preferred option.

But in addition to the economic impacts, there is the fact that many owners cannot access their properties without rail service. Not to mention many seniors, retirees or those with disabilities cannot or do not want to drive or fly.

Al Errington has been impacted. His resort on Lake Wabatongushi has been in his family since 1975, and has always relied on rail to transport guests to and from the location.

 

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Riley Smith
Riley Smith is an enthusiastic and versatile critical thinker who has been with SaultOnline since January 2018. She holds a double Honours Degree in History and Political Science from Algoma University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Relations and Event Management from Sault College. She is Google Marketing Fundamentals certified, and is also working towards a Certificate in Diversity and Intercultural Relations. When she's not reporting, you can find her MC'ing the Soo Greyhound home hockey games, spending time with her basset hound, Douggie, or seeing the world one breathtaking view at a time.

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  1. You Know there is a BIG logging road into Lake Wabatongushi with a boat launch and plenty of parking. They fail to mention that all the time. Al spent lot’s of his time trying to close this road to the public, I know I was in on many meeting that he was there wit the MRN and other. Lodge owner on the lake use the road to bring in supplies to their camps.

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