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.
Photo: Huron Central train in Massey by P199