Sudbury will play host to a
transportation forum this Thursday, Sept. 13 to discuss cuts to Via
Rail service across Canada.
Forum facilitator Greg Gormick, a
railway writer and policy expert on rail services, will lead a
discussion about a Via Rail campaign to cut back national rail
services by $40,000,000.
His Sudbury visit is the second in a series
of roughly 40 being held across the country, known collectively as
the National Dream Renewed.
The Sudbury session will take place at
Tom Davies Square at 7 p.m. Citizens concerned about the cutbacks and
the potential effect on rail transportation in the North are
encouraged to attend. The town-hall meetings are an initiative of
Transport Action Canada, a citizen transportation advocacy group.
According to a press release issued by
Sudbury Councillor Dave Kilgour, transcontinental service will be
reduced to two runs weekly, while staffing will be reduced in most
locations to part-time workers and ticket machines.
The goal of the National Dream Renewed
is to gather citizens’ views on “how Via can be reformed to
sustainably provide a high-quality, cost-effective service similar to
that provided in every other industrialized nation. The goal is to
produce a blueprint for Via’s revival and expansion based on the
input of Canadians from Atlantic to Pacific to Hudson Bay.”