SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, April 14, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced today that the Government of Canada will extend its $2.2-million federal subsidy to CN for the operation of the Algoma Central Railway (ACR) passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, Ontario until March 31, 2015.
The one-year extension of federal support for the operation of the ACR passenger rail service will give affected stakeholders as well as local municipal leaders more time to make arrangements for the development of a sustainable long-term solution for the ACR passenger rail service.
Since 1977, the Government of Canada has provided CN with financial support to ensure the continued operation of the ACR passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst under the Regional and Remote Passenger Rail Services Class Contribution Program. In 2013, the program was renewed as the Remote Passenger Rail Program, with a focus on remote rail services that provide access to established, year-round communities with few or no other transportation options.
"The government is pleased to extend funding for another year to continue operation of ACR's passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst. This funding will give local stakeholders time to explore long-term solutions for passenger rail service in the area."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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