Passenger Rail News, Town Hall Meetings, ACR 1-yr reprieve, MP Bernard Valcourt ?
National Dream Renewed: Town Hall meetings to be led by Harry Gowhttps://www.facebook.com/NationalDreamRenewed
Vancouver: May 8 - Town Hall meeting 6:30 p m @ Brix Studio, 102-211 Columbia St
Victoria: May 9 -Town Hall meeting: Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard St. 7 p m; co-sponsor E. May M P Green Party of Canada ; w. Dr. Judith Sayers, ICF
Melville: May 11 - Town Hall mtg. 6:30 p m @ Community Works, 800 Prince Edward St.
Winnipeg: May 13 Millenium Centre Winnipeg Central Library 6 - 9 pm
High speed passenger rail : Toronto to London via the North Main Line
"Premier Wynne announced a plan to have high speed rail from Toronto - Georgetown-Brampton-Kitchener-London”. High Speed Rail Canada reports. "Read this excellent primer on the line at Toronto Transit."http://transit.toronto.on.ca/gotransit/2102.shtml
Federal money will be needed to boost Kitchener to Toronto rail service
Rail Advocacy in Lambton posted: “Paul Langan identifies issues that we at RAIL have as we advocate for better passenger service - have a listen to this CBC interview; “Kitchener to Toronto high-speed train unlikely without federal support, The president of High Speed Rail Canada, an independent lobby group, says the Province of Ontario gets federal support in order for a high-speed train to materialize. Transportation Minister Glen Murray promises to connect London and Toronto by 2024.” CBC K-W, Apr 16, 2014, 7:52 http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/The%2BMorning%2BEdition%2B-%2BK-W/ID/2449649566/https://www.facebook.com/RailAdvocacyInLambton
Citizens of Restigouche-Madawaska: Where is MP Bernard Valcourt ?
"This week, a mail out came to your mail from MP Bernard Valcourt. In it contains a post card you can mail to him free of charge with your comments. It would be a great opportunity to voice your concerns on the VIA Rail issue!! We havent heard much from Mr Valcourt about this yet.” the two thousand member-strong Facebook group Save our Trains in Northern NB posted on April 16.https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurTrainsInNorthernNB
BDO Canada report: Algoma passenger rail service generates at least $38 million in total economic activity
‘The ACR passenger service generates at least $38 million in total economic activity, a draft report by BDO Canada concludes. In fact, the economic impact of the passenger train service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, when including direct, indirect and induced economic impact ranges from $38,136,000 to $48,072,000, stakeholders were told at a meeting at the Civic Centre Thursday,” Sault Ste. Marie Star reported on April 17.
“BDO also examined the property values in the rural area and the report shows that the rail line supports more than $60 million in property value and provides immeasurable social benefits to the various group of stakeholders, property owners, users, First Nations and communities,” the Star reported.http://www.saultstar.com/2014/04/17/acr-has-tremendous-economic-impact-study-concludes
Algoma Central Railway passenger service reprieve
On April 14 the Sault Star (via the MARP Facebook page) reported "Algoma Central Railway (ACR) passenger rail trains will continue to chug along between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst — for the time being — due to the extension of a $2.2-million federal subsidy to CN. But that money dries up next March 31 and, as Transport Minister Lisa Raitt told stakeholders and media in Sault Ste. Marie Monday, the ball is now in others’ court to ensure the service survives. The ACR Passenger Service Working Group, made up of municipalities, First Nations, small businesses, outdoor enthusiasts, tourism lodge operators and property owners who use the railway as a means of transportation, enlisted BDO Canada to draft a “socio-economic impact assessment” outlining how the line generates “significant” economic activity, sustaining hundreds of jobs and yielding millions in tax revenue.
"That report is worth its weight in gold to Al Errington, lodge owner and Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains co-chair. “We have a starting point and we can really talk about what we’ve had in the past as far as economic, employment and tax-generation impacts,” Errington told the Sault Star. http://www.saultstar.com/2014/04/14/22-million-federal-subsidy-for-acr-passenger-rail-service-extended-minister-tells-stakeholders-ball-now-in-their-courthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Michigan-Association-of-Railroad-Passengers/106717032702437?fref=ts
Raitt urges private-sector solution to ACR issuehttp://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=71625
Canadian Council for Railway Heritage CCRH - Spring Meeting Notice and Agenda
Attached please find both the Notice and the Agenda for the forthcoming Spring Meeting of the Canadian Council for Railway Heritage, to be held in Ottawa and
Smiths Falls on Saturday May 24th 2014. All interested parties will be welcome to attend the Meeting.
The principal topics of discussion will be:
1) Discussion of the “Virtual National Collection” Project
2) Sustainability Concerns: The Future of Canada’s Volunteer-Operated Railway Museums
Hope to see you there! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any
Transport Action AGMs: April 26, Toronto
You are cordially invited to the 2014 Transport Action Ontario Annual General Meeting
Combined with Transport Action Canada AGM
Saturday, April 26, 2014. Metro Hall. 55 John Street (at King) Toronto, Rooms 308/9
Transport Action AGMs: 10 a.m - noon
Lunch: Members and guests are welcome to join us at the Aroma Restaurant, 121 King St. West, 2nd floor, across from Metro Hall.
Afternoon Public Forum: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Union Station Revitalization: Its Progress to Date.
Speaker: Michael Wolczyk, V-P Capital Infrastructure (Acting) GO Transit (Metrolinx)
Tour of Union Station construction will follow presentation. http://transport-action-ontario.com/wordpress/?p=36