About CAPT

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The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is a regional not-for-profit organization of individuals, municipalities, First Nations, businesses and other stakeholders who recognize the significant social, economic, cultural,  historical and environmental value of Northern Ontario’s passenger trains. It is dedicated to preserving and enhancing remote passenger train service in the District of Algoma as well as the adjacent districts around Hearst and Sudbury.

CAPT is composed of a broad variety of interests, including municipalities, First Nations, tourist resort operators, cottage/camp-owners, recreationists, environmentalists, ACR employees and retirees, community economic development professionals and accessibility groups, particularly along the Algoma rail lines from Hearst to Sault Ste. Marie and Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury.

CAPT considers rail to be essential infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions and enable our communities to be resilient as we transition to a post peak oil economy.

CAPT promotes the development of a wilderness, heritage and tourism corridor—an important economic diversification strategy to provide employment in communities formerly reliant on resource-harvesting industries.

CAPT promotes passenger rail since it provides: efficient access to the Northern Ontario, safe and reliable all season transportation, better health care accessibility, wilderness tourism corridor, connectivity for northern communities and their partnerships, economic diversity and development, accessible transportation for people with disabilities—an important concern for an aging population in Northern Ontario.

CAPT is inter-sectoral, bringing together organizations, individuals and businesses from many sectors, including economic, business, social, cultural, environmental.

CAPT creatively showcases the rich cultures of the region: Anishinaabe, Franco-Ontarian and Anglo-Ontarian heritage and current cultures as a way to create tourism products for the rail corridor, to increase public awareness of the value of the rail lines (including the hosting of selected events using art, film and music).

3 Responses to About CAPT

  1. Noah Allor says:

    I am very sad to here this is going on. I think CN is looking at this as a business decision and not profit means no rail service. Having been on this route numerous times, from the tour train to whistle stop camping, I am appalled the government will let this happen. I hope you are able to change the direction of the railroad service

    American railfan and eco tourist \
    Noah Allor
    Plymouth Michigan USA

  2. William Wright says:

    CAPT is just another bit of fluff to make somebody somewhere feel important and maybe scrape a nickel into their pocket. Why don’t you save the horse and buggy, and get rid of the train carbon footprint.

    • Al_Errington says:

      If 70% of freight was not shipped by train in Canada we would not be able to breathe the air or drive on our highways because of the amount of trucks. Also, our highways would be pounded to pieces by that much weight and the repairs would bankrupt our tax system. Many people assume that roads are the best means of transportation because our governments pour so much of our taxes into them. Roads are necessary transportation, not efficient transportation. Roads are necessary for the short final distances of transportation and to connect to more efficient and effective means of transportation. The problem with roads are they are also the most expensive means of transportation to build, maintain and use. And in Canada, we are trying to use roads for everything which has turned our roads into money pits. Roads are effective for transporting small groups of people and light freight over short distances, everything else other means of transportation, whether air, marine, or rail, are far more effective and efficient depending on the transportation need.

      You have to remember, roads are the most primitive transportation infrastructure. Roads are essentially paved paths. Marine transportation is the second most ancient means of transportation and is actually the most efficient for heavy freight, but is limited by where the water is. Rail is a relatively recent transportation innovation because it only became viable with the development of higher quality steels needed for effective rail infrastructure a few hundred years ago. Air transportation is actually older than rail if you consider the hot air balloon, but the innovation of airplanes is about 100 years old.

      There are very good reasons why many of our competitors in the global economy are strongly supporting rail. Rail is a very effective support of economic opportunity which increases tax generation, and strategic investment in rail reduce taxes by reducing the wear and tear on roads and the need to overbuild roads which again are by far the most expensive transportation infrastructure to build and maintain.

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