The government of Canada will extend its CA$2.2-million (US$2-million) federal subsidy to Canadian National for the operation of the Algoma Central Railway (ACR) passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, Ontario, until March 31, 2015.
“The government is pleased to extend funding for another year to continue operation of ACR’s passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst. This funding will give local stakeholders time to explore long-term solutions for passenger rail service in the area,” said Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport.
The one-year extension of federal support for the operation of the ACR passenger rail service will give affected stakeholders, as well as local municipal leaders, more time to make arrangements for the development of a sustainable long-term solution for the ACR passenger rail service.
Since 1977, the government of Canada has provided CN with financial support to ensure the continued operation of the ACR passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst under the Regional and Remote Passenger Rail Services Class Contribution Program. In 2013, the program was renewed as the Remote Passenger Rail Program, with a focus on remote rail services that provide access to established, year-round communities with few or no other transportation options.