What is CAPT?
The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains is a a regional not-for-profit organization working to get Algoma’s passenger trains back in service.
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.
The Canadian federal government removed the remote subsidy which funded operating costs for the Algoma Central Railway from Sault Ste. Marie to Hearst.
CAPT has been working alongside Mask-wa Transportation Association Inc. to advocate for alternate funding.
CAPT promotes passenger rail because 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, and accessible transportation for people with disabilities.
CAPT is dedicated to establishing an effective and efficient multi-modal transportation strategy for Algoma with connections to the rest of Ontario for both freight and people.
CAPT’s goal is to help establish, preserve, and enhance remote passenger train service in the District of Algoma as well as the adjacent districts around Hearst and 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.
History of rail in the region
Learn more about the history of essential transportation by rail