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Rail summit slated for April 19

One-day event will examine how and why to return passenger rail service to northeastern Ontario
Passenger rail advocates are planning a rail summit for April 19 in Sault Ste. Marie. (Submitted photo)

Advocates of passenger rail service in Northern Ontario will hold a summit in April to discuss how and why to get passenger rail service back in the North.

The Northeastern Ontario Passenger Rail Summit will be held at the Quattro Hotel & Conference Centre in Sault Ste. Marie on April 19.

The one-day event is being jointly hosted by the Northeastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN), Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) and the Committee Promoting Muskoka Rail Travel (CPMRT).

Organizers say the purpose is to give an opportunity for stakeholders to “plan how to have modern passenger rail service provided on existing rail beds in northeastern Ontario.”

Those encouraged to attend include representatives from First Nations, municipalities, post-secondary institutions, health-care organizations, and organizations for people with disabilities; businesses, tourism organizations, environmental organizations, and rail advocates; provincial and federal officials, and politicians.

Corina Moore, president and CEO of the Ontario Northland Transportation Corp., will be the keynote speaker. An agenda with additional speakers and details is expected to be released shortly.