Northern Manitoba passenger rail service receives more funding from Government of Canada

    OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada today announced
$5.2 million in federal funding to Keewatin Railway Company - a passenger and
freight rail company owned and operated by three First Nations communities -
for capital improvements to the passenger rail service between The Pas and
Pukatawagan in northern Manitoba.
    "Our government is proud to continue its support for this important
service for people living and travelling to and from the remote community of
Pukatawagan and other points," said the Honourable Senator Terry Stratton.
"This investment will allow Keewatin Railway Company to upgrade the rail line
to better support safe and effective rail services."
    "Keewatin Railway Company is very thankful to the federal government for
its continued support and is pleased with the announcement of stimulus funding
announced in the federal budget," said Anthony Mayham, CEO of Keewatin Railway
Company. "With this funding, Keewatin Railway Company will be able to improve
the tracks and the safety of passengers by providing a new waiting station in
Pukatawagan. Keewatin Railway Company will also be getting closer to takeover
full operations by way of building a new maintenance building for our
locomotives and coaches."
    Of the total $5.2 million funding, $1.1 million comes from existing
capital funding and $4.1 million comes from funding under the Economic Action
Plan made available in Budget 2009.
    The projects funded under the Economic Action Plan will include railway
track rehabilitation, the acquisition of a locomotive and other rail
equipment, and construction of a locomotive repair facility in The Pas, as
well as a new station in Pukatawagan. It is expected that Keewatin Railway
will spend $2.2 million on these projects in 2009-2010 and $1.9 million in
2010-2011. The remaining $1.1 million will be used to replace railway ties and
culverts in 2009.

    Federal funding comes from Transport Canada's Regional and Remote
Passenger Rail Services Class Contribution Program. The program ensures that
safe, reliable, viable and sustainable passenger rail services are provided to
certain areas of the country where these services are either the only means of
surface transportation for remote communities, or an alternative means of
transportation for rural communities. These services also support economic
activities in the lumber, mining, recreation and tourism sectors and provide
an essential lifeline for isolated communities.
    To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport
Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at
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