The Ministry of Transportation is seeking public feedback on passenger rail and bus services between Toronto, North Bay, Timmins, and Cochrane via an online survey.
The MTO said it wants to “understand the unique transportation needs of people and businesses along the rail corridor between Toronto, North Bay, and Cochrane/Timmins. Your feedback will help us develop a plan to improve the transportation system in northeastern Ontario. We will report back on what we heard in Winter 2021.”
The transportation survey seeks feedback on preferences for passenger rail and bus services, including departure times, train frequency, travel time, and cost considerations.
The survey closes on November 20, 2020.
“Our government recognizes the unique transportation needs and challenges of the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines in a media release. “Improving transportation options and connecting communities will enhance quality of life by providing northerners with better access to services, medical appointments and family.”
Co-chairs of the Northeastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN), Lucille Frith and Howie Wilcox, sent an email encouraging residents along the rail corridor to complete the survey.
“As you may have an interest in seeing passenger train service resume in northeastern Ontario, and MUSKOKA specifically, the Committee Promoting Muskoka Rail Travel (CPMRT) and the Northeastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN)…urge you to complete the Ministry of Transportation survey as well as forward this content to your contacts who may share your interest in passenger rail service from Toronto to northeastern Ontario, and specifically Muskoka region,” they wrote. “In 2012 when the train stopped operating, 51 per cent of the passengers got on or off between Toronto and North Bay.”
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