More transit options are coming to Ontario. The province is bringing back the Northeastern Passenger Rail that extends from Toronto all the way to Timmins.
This train was discontinued back in 2012 and replaced with daily buses from Toronto to North Bay and North Bay to Timmins and Cochrane.
With the return of this passenger train, Ontarians will have a direct line from the city all the way from the north.
The trains will run four to seven days a week, based on seasonal travel demands.
The Ontario Government has invested in three trainsets for the rail fleet for the Northeastern Passenger Rail Service.
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— Ontario Northland (@OntNorthland) December 15, 2022
There will be 16 stops on the Northeastern Passenger Rail, starting at Toronto’s Union Station.
The stops include Langstaff, Gormley, Washago, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville, South River, North Bay, Temagami, Temiskaming Shores, Englehart, Kirkland Lake (Swastika), Matheson, Timmins, and Cochrane.
Ontario just purchased three new trainsets as part of its commitment to bring the passenger rail back into service.
According to a press release from the provincial government, they are “one of the most environmentally friendly diesel locomotives on the market.”
The trains will have spacious seating, wifi, built-in wheelchair lifts, mobility aid storage spaces, galley-style food services, and fully accessible washrooms.
The province says that by 2041, annual ridership will be between approximately 40,000 and 60,000.
Major investments are being made into transit all across the province, including the new Ontario Line subway, massive upgrades to Bloor-Yonge subway station, and the opening of the first-ever “diverging diamond” intersection in Ontario.
The government is making moves to keep Ontario moving, and we’re here for it.