Kasper Transportation, a Canadian small inter-city bus operator, has suspended all service in Northwestern Ontario, effective May 2. Transport Action Ontario calls for emergency funding from Ontario in order that their vital services can start up again.
Our letter to Minister Mulroney can be viewed below.
The Ontario government is asking for public input into Budget 2020. Transport Action Ontario has made the following submission, focussing on the public transportation sector.
Provide funding to implement the Ontario Northland and Metrolinx study on passenger train and bus renewal in Northern Ontario
the federal government to save the Huron Central Railway, ideally under Ontario
funding to initiate firm steps to implement some of the Action in the recently
released draft transportation master plan. Particularly important are
concrete steps on Actions 6 to 8, which deal with improving passenger rail on
existing rail corridors owned by freight rail companies. Work needs to be
initiated with the freight rail companies and with VIA Rail.
the gas tax share directed to urban transit. This had been promised by
the Ford government during the election campaign, but was not kept.
study to permit Ontario municipalities to use new revenue tools, such as a
piece of the provincial sales tax, a land-transfer tax, or authority for road
tolls, to fund critical infrastructure such as public transit or roads.
program to subsidize transit fare integration in the Greater Toronto and
Hamilton Areas in order to reduce two-fare walls between agencies like TTC-GO
and TTC-York Region Transit.
Include environmental and climate change considerations when reviewing transportation modal options. Any provincial transportation proposals are then more likely to meet with broader public approval.
Expand the highly-successful Community Transportation Grant Program and improve regional coordination/planning/oversight and shared service models. See our letter to Jeff Yurek (Minister of Transportation at the time) of February 4, 2019 and re-sent to Minister Mulroney in July.
HOT lane program on Ontario expressways.
There has been extensive media coverage recently referencing the return of passenger rail to Northern Ontario and the business case that is currently being developed between Ontario Northland and Metrolinx. The plan is slated to be presented to the Provincial Government for decision making by the end of the year.
Given below are links to recent media articles.
Passenger Rail promise will be fulfilled
Reference to passenger rail transportation proposal and rail
solutions for northern Ontario
With the federal election fast upon us, Transport Action Canada is conducting multiple campaigns to write to federal candidates about the importance of protecting and restoring inter-community rail and bus service. This includes Northern Ontario.
To send a letter regarding Northern Ontario service restoration, click on the button below:
A news article published in the Shoreline Beacon on October 7, 2019 portends a grim future for the Huron Central Railway. Genesee & Wyoming will cease operations in the new year if $40 million in funding over five years is not forthcoming for infrastructure repairs. This puts 3,400 jobs in the region at risk. Transport Action Ontario will be discussing this closure with government stakeholders with a view to rescuing this line.
Huron Central Railway says it will cease operations because it hasn’t received money from the federal or provincial government to make necessary improvements to its Sudbury-to-Sault Ste. Marie line.
“For the last few years we have worked diligently with elected officials in Toronto and Ottawa and a dedicated team of local leaders to develop a long-term strategy to sustain (Huron Central Railway)” said Louis Gravel, president of Genesee & Wyoming.
One option that we are asking the Ontario government to consider is merging the line into the Ontario Northland network, as proposed by local advocacy groups CAPT and NEORN.