July 15, 2017 will mark the beginning of the 3rd year without passenger train service throughout remote areas of Algoma District. As a consequence, the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) will hold a special media event on July 12 at 10 am in Sault Ste. Marie at the Civic Centre and on July 14 at 10 am in Hearst at the Heritage Sawmill Marketplace. The presentation will include:
– Evidence to disprove Transport Canada & the Minister of Transport’s erroneous claim of existing public, safe and accessible alternative modes of transportation for people to reach destinations along the Algoma rail corridor.
– The day-to-day effects of a rising level of isolation in our region and the absence of public transportation
– The negative economic consequences that the absence of the passenger train service has had in Algoma District, between Sault Ste. Marie to Hearst.
Members of the media will also have the opportunity to experience a trip on one of the “transportation alternatives”, an inaccessible route leading into one of the communities along the Algoma rail line. Invitations have been extended to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Transport Marc Garneau to attend this event, including an opportunity to attempt to travel on an inaccessible route into the rail corridor.