The Committee Promoting Muskoka Rail Travel (CPMRT) will host a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, August 23 at 7 p.m. at the District Municipality of Muskoka’s Council Chambers at 70 Pine Street in Bracebridge. The Town Hall meeting will be an opportunity for the public to discuss the opportunities that the return of passenger rail services would bring to our communities, and to learn how the public can support CPMRT’s efforts to bring rail travel back to Muskoka.
CPMRT is a volunteer group of community leaders who believe that improving and expanding passenger rail service is good public policy for all communities in Ontario. The committee is working with another grassroots group in Northern Ontario (NEORN) to encourage the provincial government to bring scheduled passenger services back to Muskoka and other regions in Ontario. CPMRT members include: Lucille Frith & David Powley (CPMRT Co-chairs), Eric Boutilier (Northern and Eastern Ontario Rail Network), Michael Lawley (Executive Director, Muskoka Tourism), and John Klinck (Chair, District Municipality of Muskoka).
“There are many benefits to our communities if rail travel returns to Muskoka,” explains Lucille Frith, CPMRT Co-chair. “Convenient, reliable train travel offers many benefits such as a relaxed, stress-free ride; reduced congestion and accidents on highways; reduced need for capital and operating expenses to keep expanding the highways system; environmentally friendly; reduced carbon footprints; and reduced impact on agricultural land.”
The committee is also encouraging the public to provide input through an online survey to help better understand transportation use and identify needs in Muskoka. Community participation in this survey will help frame the debate here in Muskoka and may provide a legacy for future generations. The public can access the CPMRT survey at surveymonkey.com/r/5KKD7VK until September 10.
For more information about the town hall meeting or the online survey, please contact Lucille Frith by calling 705-789-8903 or email [email protected] For information about the Northern and Eastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN), the grassroots group working to bring back passenger rail, please visit neorn.ca.
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