Ontario border town begs VIA Rail for more service

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SARNIA, Ontario – A small town on the border of Ontario and Michigan wants additional VIA Rail service to Toronto, the London Free Press reports.

Since 2012, Sarnia, Ontario, just across the St. Clair River from Port Huron, Mich., has only had one train in the morning and one train at night. Prior to 2004, service was even more frequently when Amtrak and VIA still operated the International between Chicago and Toronto.

Passenger rail advocates formed a local group called Rail Advocacy in Lambton (RAIL) to pressure VIA to increase service. This weekend, RAIL members got a chance to meet with some VIA officials when the passenger railroad brought a special display train celebrating its 40th anniversary. “One train in and one train out was not enough,” says RAIL co-chairperson Mabel Higgins. “People were really angry.”

VIA officials say they have built a positive relationship with the advocacy group and have even made some improvements to the local depot. RAIL members say they are optimistic more trains will arrive soon. “We don’t have another train yet, but we know that’s going to come,” Higgins says.

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