Northern and Eastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) Gathering Steam

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MEDIA RELEASE

May 9, 2016

As the Federal and Ontario governments increase their concerns for attacking climate change and
improving the economy, the Northern & Eastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) is pleased to announce
that support for its passenger train network is growing. This is not surprising since increasing passenger
train travel is one of the fastest ways to reduce carbon emissions and improve economic prospects in
Northern Ontario. According to Transport Action Ontario (TAO), the Green House Gas (GHG) intensity of
passenger rail is 3 to 4 times lower than the intensity from single-occupant personal vehicle use. Since
transportation is one of the biggest sectors responsible for GHG, providing passenger trains to allow more
people to get off roads and highways is imperative for Canada and Ontario to reach their environment
targets. Road travel is the worst form of travel for the environment.

Safety is another big consideration. With climate change, it is becoming increasingly dangerous to travel on
highways.

Having inter-community passenger rail in Northern Ontario is also essential for our economic
sustainability. Without passenger trains our communities will become ghost towns. Resource-based
industries are declining greatly; and, to diversify our economies through tourism, we need trains to bring
tourists here. Another economic diversification strategy is through education. Post-secondary institutions
are recruiting in Southern Ontario, but how do we expect prospective students to come with no rail
connection to travel to and from their families and friends in Southern Ontario?

As our health care is becoming increasingly regionalized, many Northerners must travel long distances to
Sudbury to access regional health care facilities. Trains are the most accessible form of transportation for
people with health and/or mobility issues or other special needs.

In response to increasing interest in restoring passenger train service throughout Northeastern Ontario,
NEORN has made exciting improvements and additions to its website. We encourage everyone to check
them out at www.neorn.ca.

NEORN is a grass roots organization advocating for the retention of existing rail corridors and the
reinstatement of passenger train and corresponding shuttle services throughout the Districts of Algoma,
Cochrane, Greater Sudbury, Kenora, Manitoulin, Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury,
Thunder Bay and Timiskaming.

Northern Ontario has a network of approximately 6 000 kilometres of rail interlinking a significant portion
of municipalities and First Nations throughout the region. There are a number of economic, environmental,
practical, social and health factors that contribute to the importance of frequent and reliable passenger train
service for communities, businesses and visitors looking to explore and travel great distances throughout
the Cambrian Shield.

NEORN is actively attempting to demonstrate to the provincial and federal governments of the need for
publicly supported investments in this endeavour, as is the case in every other jurisdiction in Canada.
We are requesting that each municipality demonstrate support for the immediate revival of passenger trains
throughout the region.

We also invite each and every stakeholder in Northern Ontario (communities and residents) to provide
remarks on the Northern Ontario Multimodal Transportation Study; an initiative by the provincial
government that will influence the transportation strategy for the region over the next quarter century.
Lucille Frith (705-789-8903), Dawne Cunningham

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