1. The SSMEDC and BDO, on behalf of the ACR Passenger Service Stakeholders Working Group, have issued a request for proposal for a third party operator. This is the media release that was sent out:
Sault Ste. Marie, ON (August 18, 2015) – The group vying to retain passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst issued a request for proposal (RFP) on August 14. The ACR Passenger Service Stakeholders Working Group sent the invitation to 25 businesses across North America, asking them to tender proposals to operate the rail service. Proponents have until September 9 to make official submissions.
“With funding available to support the ACR passenger rail service, we’re making every effort to secure a viable third-party rail operator,” said Tom Dodds, interim Chair of the Working Group. “However, given the timing, a new operator is not expected to be in place until at least the fourth quarter of 2015. We’re playing the hand we’ve been dealt and doing our best to resolve this situation as soon as possible.”
It should be noted that the ACR passenger service is separate from the Agawa Canyon Tour Train. The tourist attraction, which takes riders on a one-day wilderness excursion 114 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, is not impacted by the disruption of the ACR passenger service. CN will continue to operate the Tour Train for the entire current season ending October 12.
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