TIMMINS – Nov. 5, 2021: The Ontario Government and the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) have announced their decision to place the northern terminus for passenger rail service in Timmins.
Mayor George Pirie says the City of Timmins welcomes the Province's decision.
"This is positive news for residents, local business and industry. While studies are ongoing, the fact that Porcupine has been chosen as their terminus location is a great start. Timmins' position as a regional hub will be enhanced by having another transportation option available."
Earlier this year, the Ontario Government announced plans to have passenger rail service in the northeast reinstated by 2025. Ontario Northland's Northlander passenger train service was terminated in 2012.
"The benefits of this service will be widespread," adds Pirie. "Residents traveling out of town for medical appointments will have another viable travel option and overall we could see growth in our tourism sector with greater access to the north from Toronto and points south. The Ontario Government and the ONTC will continue to assess the business case and timelines for implementation."
The City of Timmins will provide support as requested.