Huron Central asks for $6 million to maintain Ontario route

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario — A Canadian short line is asking local government officials for nearly $6 million annually to maintain its tracks between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury, Ont.

The Huron Central Railway’s parent company, Genesee & Wyoming Canada, tells Northern Ontario Business that there is enough traffic on the 172-mile route to cover operating expenses but not enough to cover long-term infrastructure improvements. This week, railroad officials told the Sault Ste. Marie City Council that it was in “survival mode.”

Local leaders say if the Huron Central were to stop serving that part of Ontario that it would be devastating to that region’s economy. Back in 2009, the railroad almost stopped operating until provincial officials came up with $33 million to maintain the tracks but those funds have since dried up.

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