Advocates for Passenger Rail
Finally ONTC has been moved to the Ministry of Transportation!!!
See article: Ontario Northland Transportation Commission has a new boss
It's been a long time coming and a lot of behind-the-scenes work, but the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) has finally been moved to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) from the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. The move took place on April 1. The step is expected to improve transportation in the North by transferring the ONTC into a ministry more aligned to its needs...
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NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO RAIL NETWORK UPDATE ON RETURN OF PASSENGER RAIL & THE COCHRANE POLAR BEAR HABITAT
With the plan for the return of passenger rail service so near it is sad to hear of the possible demise of Cochrane's tourism jewel! The Polar Bear Habitat announcement last week took the public (and the Board of Directors) completely by surprise, especially when within weeks their consultant will be delivering the final report on their long-term action plan to move forward.
NEORN has been in touch with David MacLachlan (RTO13 / Destination Northern Ontario) and he hopes to have a representative at the public meeting Nov. 20th. Timmins is hosting the Northern Ontario Tourism Summit next week while all this is going on!
I will attend the Polar Bear Habitat Board meeting on Sunday November 17 to offer my help to make their case to the public to find some way to have the municipality continue financial support until a complete review of public comments and stakeholder involvement takes place. Marketing the passenger train return and the tourism opportunity is a potential source of funds. After all it was the demise of the train service in 2012 that likely caused the largest portion of attendance downturn according to the Cochrane CAO and the report.
Can and will you help in some way? At least the Cochrane Council could delay until Ontario Northland’s report is out and we all have a better idea of timing of the return of the passenger train. The Polar Bear Habitat is a key tourism economic generator for the town – a gem with great potential that we cannot afford to lose. And the train needs the Polar Bear Habitat as a ridership attraction just as much! I have also written to Corina Moore (President and CEO Ontario Northland) and Vic Fedeli (MPP) for their support - however they can.
I have attached several items for your use - these are going to my contacts and am asking that they be forwarded as well. The support letters to PBH are essential.
Thanks for listening once again. I promised my grandsons a ride on the train to see the polar bears – 2 super events – and I don’t want to disappoint them!
Co-Chair Northeastern Ontario Rail Network.
April 7: Ontario Northland Transportation Commission has a new boss - Link
Nov 13: Northeastern Ontario Rail Network update on return of passenger rail & Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat - Link
June 25: Passenger rail promise will be fulfilled, Fedeli vows: 'There is a tremendous amount of work to do, but we're getting there' - Link
June 19: City council supports idea of ministry change for the ONTC - Link
June 7: Ontario Northland union boss favours Metrolinx alliance - Link
June 6: ONTC 'fully committed' to rail passenger service - Link
Mar 1: Premier Ford Talk Muskoka Passenger Rail - Link
April 11: Train Budget story link- watch
Mar 1: Premier Ford talks Muskoka Passenger Rail - Link
Feb 28: Muskoka Pass Rail and an Election Promise - Link
Feb 21: Passenger Rail Service Could Return to Muskoka - Link
Feb 19: Will Promise be Kept? - Link
Feb 18: Will Ontario PC's make investment as promised? - Link
Feb 17: Letter to Ministers Yurek, Rickford & Fedeli - Link
Feb 17: Fedeli: Return of Passenger Trains Not Dead - Link
Feb 10: Restore Northlander, province urged - Link
Feb 6: Ontario Budget about to come out - make your say
Nov 13: Northern Rail Plan Overdue - Link
Nov 13: Train Jumps Tracks - Link
Nov 12: Rail Advocates Want Gov't Involvement - Link
Oct 22: Ford's Northlander Train Waffling.... - Link
Oct 18: VIA Rail's Canadian: Death by a thousand CN blows? - Read
Oct 16: Premier pressed on Northern rail promise - Read
Oct 12: Media Release from NEORN - Read
Sept 15: Actions to move Northern Ontario forward Response to the Draft 2041 Northern Ontario Multimodal Transportation Strategy - Read
July 28: Announcing Pilot Project to Attract Muskoka Cottagers
to travel via combined Go-Train and ONR bus services
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June 2: Should ONR Take over HCR? - Read
June 1: PCs & NDPs Agree on Modern Rail Pass. Service - Read
May 31: Fast Track Return of Rail Service - Read
Apr 22: Passenger Rail Summit Very Successful - Read
Mar 22: Agriculture rail siding facility being studied
Mar 19: Summit Meeting on April 19 at Sault Ste, Marie - Read
Starting in March: Discovery's new original Canadian series “Rocky Mountain Railroad” will feature some northern Ontario stories - Two links: Read1 Read2
Feb 16: Who, What is Northern Ontario? - Read
Feb 4: It's Political Promises Season! - Read
Feb 3: NDP, PC would bring back Northlander - Read