Saturday, December 15, 2012


VIA 6400 in McGivney

The CBC is reporting that the northern New Brunswick mayors are pushing to restore VIA's Ocean and keep the CN rail line.

Cities like Bathurst or Campbellton are suffering from the dual loss of half of the Ocean service and the Acadian bus service. With CN's threat to abandon the northern line, only four years after buying it back from the New Brunswick East Coast Railway, the region is in serious trouble. I'm glad to see politicians are starting to step up.

Brian Kenny, MLA for Bathurst, will be moving a resolution in the provincial Legislature on December 20 to urge the provincial government to demand federal assistance for the line. I'm not sure how much impact an opposition MLA is going to have, but every bit helps and kudos to him for stepping up too.

More voices are needed.

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