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'I don't want to see our trains in a museum'

Initiative will define the improvements for the movement of people & goods over the next twenty five years, throughout the Cambrian Shield
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NEWS RELEASE

NORTHERN AND EASTERN
ONTARIO RAIL NETWORK

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The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) are currently developing a Multimodal Transportation Strategy for Northern Ontario (NOMTS).

This initiative will define the improvements for the movement of people and goods over the next twenty five years, throughout the Cambrian Shield.

Comments needed from Northern Ontarians

The Northern and Eastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) encourages every resident and stakeholder in Northern Ontario to provide comments and remarks regarding the importance and the need for frequent and reliable passenger trains and corresponding bus shuttle services in the region.

The deadline to have input is July 15, 2016. Northern Ontario is becoming more and more isolated.

This severely inhibits new inward investment and access to the burgeoning, global tourism opportunity. Between 2011 and 2014, there have been over 674 highway closures in the Northeast region of the province.

Communities have witnessed nine motor coach route reductions or service eliminations within the previous year.

Connecting Northern Ontario with the rest of the province and the country is critical.

“I don't want to see our trains in a museum, I want to see them on the track.‎ I will work to restore passenger service in the north because northerners have as much right to properly-funded public transportation as urban dwellers," said Charlie Angus, Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay.

Your comments provided to the NOMTS will assist in demonstrating to the provincial and federal governments of the need for publicly supported investments in passenger rail.

We encourage everyone to participate by providing their remarks at www.nomts.ca/contact-us.

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