Canadian rail line to be shut down

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COLLINGWOOD, Ont. — The municipal owner of the rail line Barrie-Collingwood Railway operates has elected to discontinue service on the line, Simcoe.com has reported. Collingwood’s council made the vote Friday in an effort to save money.

Two industries use the Utopia-Collingwood route, a former Grand Trunk line. Due to the lack of business, the town expects it’ll lose $325,000 on operations this year. Councilors elected to give operator Cando Contracting six months’ notice, and at the end of that time, the contract will end.

Councilor David West said the line isn’t worth operating at such a large deficit. “I think many of us have said, the days of the big factories are gone,” he said. “It’s going to have to attract an awful lot [of industry] if we keep spending $400,000 a year on a future dream.”
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