(1) CAPT supporters to attend Sault City Council Meeting this Monday
We are happy to tell you that the following motion will be discussed and voted on at the Sault City Council meeting this coming Monday, Feb. 3. We invite you to be present at that meeting to show our support for the motion by clapping when it is passed—which we expect it will be. This matter will not likely be discussed until about 5:45 but as there is limited seating we suggest that if you want a seat you should be there when the meeting begins at 4:30 pm. A large number of people will likely be present to support a motion about Canada Post, so arriving early is a good idea if you wish to have a seat! We do encourage CAPT supporters to show up to give our moral support for this resolution:
Resolved that the report of the Chief Administrative Office dated 2014 02 03
concerning CN Rail – Cancellation of Passenger Service from Sault Ste. Marie to Hearst be received as information and that City Council request the Federal government (Transport Canada) to continue financial support for the operation of passenger service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst for a further period of one year; that CN Rail be requested to continue to operate this service for that one year period so as to allow all stakeholders to come together and devise various options to ensure the continued viability of all aspects of the rail service well into the future. It is further recommended that all stakeholders having an interest in the future of this rail line be called to a meeting with the intent of forming a working committee similar to that which was formed in 2009 to deal with Huron Central Rail.
(2) Please check out news coverage for this issue in the articles below:
Council to get on board Monday|Sault Star
Train Service to Hearst cancelled in 60 days | Sault Star
Stakeholders organizing to fight government cut to | Sault Star
Communities rally for continued train service| Sault Star
Hyer calls on Conservatives to safeguard cross-Canada rail service
Media release and Action: Northern Transit
Greetings Northern Ontario Caucus,
Attached is a media release on behalf of the Canadian Federation
of Students-Ontario regarding transit cuts in Northern Ontario
between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst. This is very concerning for
Northern transportation for all, especially Collège Boréal
students with a campus in Hearst, Ontario.
It is encouraged that all member locals write to their MPs and
MPP's in support of the rail line and cc our partner, the
Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains. Below are a few addresses
of MPs in the area where the rail line is situated:
Bryan Hayes, MP, Sault Ste. Marie:
Carol Hughes, MP, Algoma - Manitoulin - Kapuskasing:
Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transportation:
Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains:
Northern Region Commissioner
Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario
January 31, 2014
U.S. Rail Passenger Association Urges Canada To Maintain Threatened Services
Washington, D.C. – Today the National Association of Railroad Passengers sent a concerned letter to the Honourable Gary Albert Doer, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, in response to the January 24 announcement that Sault Ste. Marie-Hearst service will end March 31 and a CBC report this week that Montreal-Halifax service could end in as early as June.to the Honourable Gary Albert Doer, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, in response to the January 24 announcement that Sault Ste. Marie-Hearst service will end March 31 and a CBC report this week that Montreal-Halifax service could end in as early as June.
Under current plans, this passenger train will make its final run on March 31, 2014. After this date the government subsidy which had directly funded its operation will end. The decision to discontinue the train was a result of Transport Canada redefining the term “remote community” and determining that the route between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst no longer qualified as such.
According to NARP President Ross Capon, “a decision to kill this service was made absent consultation with the affected communities. The adverse economic impact on those communities would be significant. Many of the communities along the line do not have public roads, as well as many businesses which are significant draws for U.S. tourists.”
Likewise, passenger service between Montreal and the Maritimes – and important intercity run and the only passenger train in the Maritimes – is also in danger of being discontinued. On January 28, CBC reported that the service could be canceled unless CN finds an investor to buy a track segment in northern New Brunswick.
Capon concluded, “Eliminating passenger trains serving small communities and giving tourists and residents environmentally friendly access to Canada’s natural beauty is at odds with the achievements that have earned your nation great respect in the United States. Such good will has a real value to Canada, which should be weighed carefully when considering whether to abandon the world’s most environmentally sustainable mode of transportation.”
About the National Association of Railroad Passengers
NARP is the only national organization in the U.S. speaking for the users of passenger trains and rail transit. We have worked since 1967 to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the U.S. Our mission is to work towards a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want. Our work is supported by over 22,000 individual members.