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'Exciting proposal' coming for passenger train, says train group

CAPT says it is anxious to clarify 'some confusion'
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2014-05-31ACRSaultSteMarietoHEARST

NEWS RELEASE

COALITION FOR ALGOMA PASSENGER TRAINS

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The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is anxious to clarify some confusion resulting from a recently published article about the status of the Algoma passenger train.

As CAPT's representative on the Algoma Passenger Train Working Group, Linda Savory Gordon reports that very positive progress is being made to resume the passenger train service on the ACR line.
 
Over the past few weeks, under the initiative of Missanabie Cree First Nation's Chief Jason Gauthier, the working group has been working on a very exciting proposal.
 
As soon as the relevant parties have finalized their input, a media conference will be called to announce the plans.
 
We feel very optimistic about the reinstatement of the passenger train sometime this spring.
 
The disruption of passenger train service has been very difficult for property owners and businesses and a failure to resume passenger train services would be devastating.
 
The Algoma passenger train is important to the region's economy and employment both because of it's past socio-economic impacts, but also because of underdeveloped and neglected potentials both for First Nations and the broader economy and employment.

About CAPT

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of individuals, businesses, First Nations, municipalities and other interests who recognize the significant economic, social, cultural, historical and environmental value of passenger rail servicing and interconnecting the people, businesses and communities of Northern Ontario's Algoma District to each other, Ontario, Canada and the rest of the world.

To accomplish this goal, CAPT has been working with local groups to organize events in the community that utilize the railway as a means of advertising and demonstrating its usefulness in the area.

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