The possible shut down of the rail line between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie will be detrimental to three key businesses that utilize it for moving products, according to local MPP Mike Mantha.
MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin, Mantha, says the feds have recently invested in Essar Algoma Steel, Domtar in Espanola and EACOM in Nairn, but the provincial government role has been lacking.
MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin, Mantha, says the Ford government only provided a band-aid short-term solution last year to assist the rail company in running for another year, and it is simply not enough.
He feels both the Ontario and federal governments should be providing a long-term investment to maintain the line.
Mantha also feels the increased use of transports could cause added stress on the traffic loads already on Highway 17.
He plans to talk to counterparts at Queen’s Park to see if the government will step in to invest in maintaining the line.
The parent company, Genesee & Wyoming Canada Incorporated, has stated it needs a $40-million investment over five years to bring the rail up to par or they will shut it down the line in 2020.