January 19, 2014

CAPT Town Hall Meeting and Screening of De-Railed: the National Dream

The annual CAPT Town Hall Meeting and film screening of De-Railed was held in Blind River at the Alain Bray Auditorium.

Opening remarks were made by Mayor Sue Jensen and Councillor Roger Boyer of Mississaugi First Nation.

Following the film, there was a lively discussion about how to convince policy makers to restore passenger trains service from the Sault to Sudbury and North Bay with connections to southern and eastern Ontario and points beyond.


December 5, 2013

CAPT at East Algoma Chiefs Mayors and Reeves Meeting

CAPT attended the Dec. 5 meeting of the East Algoma Chiefs Mayors and Reeves meeting in Blind River to show the film De-Railed: the National Dream which has considerable content about the Huron Central rail line and to update EACMR about CAPT being part of the Northern and Eastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN).  Those present reaffirmed their support for CAPT and NEORN.


Mar. 16, 2011


Click on the link above to download a copy of the brief presented by the EACMRC to the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Provincial Minister of Infrastructure, March 1, 2011.  It includes the motion passed by the EACMRC, social and economic statistics, preliminary findings by CAPT regarding a SSM - Sudbury line, details of a proposed service, and more.

Feb. 2, 2011

CAPT has been working with the East Algoma Chiefs, Mayors and Reeves Council to determine if there is enough political will amongst these communities to develop a strategy for implementing a passenger service along the Huron Central Railway.  The Chiefs, Mayors and Reeves have shared a variety of opinions on this matter as well as memories relating to the service which used to run by budd car from Sault Ste. Marie to Toronto which ended in 1977.  Two meetings were held with the EACMRC at which CAPT presented a vision for rail in Northern Ontario which would include this service and see North Bay act as a hub for points North, West and South. The EACMRC will be reviewing a report from the second meeting which outlines their ideas, concerns and possible models for ownership/operation should they wish to go forward.  The EACMRC will meet on Thurs. Feb. 3 in Echo Bay to determine if this is an item they would like to explore further.

Research conducted by CAPT Steering Committee member Howie Wilcox suggests that a train could leave  Sault Ste. Marie at 6:30a.m. and arrive in Ottawa at 6p.m.  Alternatively it would leave Ottawa at 8a.m. and arrive in Sault Ste. Marie at 8:45p.m., providing service for communities between Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay.  The current proposed abandonment of the Ottawa Valley Railway puts this proposal into question, and we will have to wait to see how that situation plays out before we can know if such a route would be possible.  Alternatively, North Bay also serves as a hub North to Cochrane and Moosonee as well as South to Toronto, services by the Ontario government's corporation the Ontario Northland Railway.  These services would also be connected to through a passenger train to North Bay.

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