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Government launches survey looking for transportation needs in the north east

An online survey has just been launched by the provincial government which aims to improve rail and bus services in the north.

Responses to the transportation survey will be used in exploring options for passenger rail services, and help inform the future transportation plan for Northern Ontario.

“We’re inviting everyone, particularly in Northeastern Ontario, to take our survey and help build a transportation network that works for their needs,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “The feedback we receive will be an important component to improving transportation options for northern communities and supporting economic growth in the north.”

The government is looking for feedback on preferences for rail and bus services in the northeast, including departure times, train frequency, travel time and cost considerations. It`s open to municipalities, Indigenous communities, businesses and industry, with the deadline for all submissions on or before November 20, 2020.

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“As part of our government’s plan for passenger rail services in the North, we are seeking input and feedback on key details from the public,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and MPP for Nipissing. “This survey will allow people in Nipissing and communities across the region to have their say in continuing to improve those vital connections.”

Through 2020-21, Ontario will invest $625 million to expand and repair northern highways, estimated to create or sustain approximately 4,370 direct and indirect construction jobs for the people of Northern Ontario.

The survey can be found here.

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