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HOW HAS THE CANCELLATION OF THE NORTHLANDER TRAIN AFFECTED YOU, PERSONALLY?
COMMENT L’ANNULATION DU NORTHLANDER VOUS A IMPACTÉ, DE FAÇON PERSONNELLE?

Name / Nom: Rhona
Comments / Commentaires: We used to take the train to go to Sick children’s hospital twice a year and our kids used the train to go to university and college. Now, as adults, they all live in Southern Ontario and having the Ontario Northlander Train running again, would be Wonderful!! The drive down south to Toronto and London in the winter can be brutal with snow storms and winter conditions and poor roads conditions and snowplow not plowing the highways properly. Having the option of taking the TRAIN would be fantastic. Also, being a one car family is tricky so having the train would be very helpful!


Name / Nom: David Brydges
Comments / Commentaires: I took my first train trip when i was eleven from Cobalt to Toronto on the Northlander. It was a magical journey through the heart of the Cambrian Shield wilderness that inspired a life long love of train travel. Over the years i took hundreds of trips either from the north or coming from the south.

When the Northlander was cancelled in 2012 my heart was broken and still feels fractured. Forced to take the bus it is not the same scenic or reflective trip. I am a tall person and find some buses have little leg room. The last bus I took, the handle had broken on the back seat adjustment. That problem is solved with the trains wider seats, the ability to get up and stretch your legs, do some socializing, or have a snack.


Name / Nom: Shawn Poirier
Comments / Commentaires: No train means more vehicles on the roads. I see a lot of accidents and deaths.  I also often cross the ONTC bus on Quebec side running late. Feel sad for the passengers that are stuck in there seats for a longer ride.  We need the passenger mixed with safe freight to remove vehicles and truck loads off HWY 11.  This HWY is a commercial route to get from one side of Canada to the other.  I would like to see the train go by my house again.  Transportation is part of our life.  And needs to be invested in not shut down.


Name / Nom: Jim McCuaig
Comments / Commentaires:  This past month alone, I have travelled to Toronto for medical consultations, scanning, with another consultation coming up on February 12th. …. With those results, a plan of action needs to be determined with even more travels to Toronto. With our snowy roads, due to weather conditions, it recently took exactly 5 hours to reach the hospital counter from my doorstep here in Bracebridge.

Now I drive to Barrie to catch the GO Train there. At least I don’t need to park in T.O. Costs? No comparison. Bus $88.00, Car/Train $20/$15 for a total of $35.00 for travel from Bracebridge to Toronto return. We need better, more reliable transport, such as a full rail service, like the GTA has from Oshawa through to Hamilton, and north to Barrie.


Name / Nom: André Simard
Comments / Commentaires: I’m a senior citizen worked for the ONR for 37 years. We negotiated a raise as part of getting free passes. Now they took that away from us. The South gets everything and the North is left out in the pasture. It’s not right.

About the Northlander, I don’t think they should’ve ever cancelled it. I heard a man in a wheelchair leaves Cochrane and goes to Toronto by bus. That trip must be gruesome alone. Another man used to visit in North Bay from Englehart by train. He hates the bus trips and so do I.

2 comments

  1. 7 + years ago when I was still living in North Bay, train travel to and from Toronto was essential for me so that I could keep appointments with doctors in Toronto and other cities in southern Ontario. I did not have a car, so I had to rely on the train for transportation outside of North Bay. I can’t imagine what it would be like for me if I were still living in North Bay and still having to travel south on a regular basis to see doctors.
    I understand that there is bus service available, but I have always found bus travel to be very uncomfortable. I think most people travelling to Toronto fort medical reasons would make the same comment. I would urge the government to provide enough funding to provide funding for train service again.

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  2. You can never say for sure that you can make an appointment. In the winter it has become a joke that if it’s snowing the highway will be closed due to accidents. I feel cut off from being able to visit family or make a plane connection. It feels like the North just doesn’t matter. Ontario just doesn’t go from east to west!

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