2.11.19 - “The Ontario PCs will also invest $75 million to reinstate the Northlander passenger rail service between Timmins and Toronto”
The Province is working with Metrolinx and Ontario Northland to establish the return of the Northland rail service, including allocating money in the 2022 Budget. The current proposed commencement date of the restored Northlander rail service is 2025. In December 2022, the Ford government announced that they had purchased three new train sets to be utilized on the Northlander trail route between Timmins and Toronto. In October 2023, the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission began thier consultation process. This promise is considered in progress as the funding is allocated, although the project continues to be in development.
“The Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC), through their 16-stop consultation process, hope to gauge what ridership want in the newly refurbished Northlander set to hit the rails sometime in 2026 if all the components are on track. […] Following the announcement last spring that the provincial government would provide $75million to reinstate passenger rail, three sets of cars have been ordered and plans for rail construction is underway.”
“The Ontario government is purchasing three new trainsets as part of its plan to bring back northeastern passenger rail service. The $139.5 million investment marks a significant milestone in reinstating service between Timmins and Toronto, and unlocking the full economic potential of northern industries, resources and minerals.”
“In November 2021, Ontario named Timmins — one of the largest municipalities in Northern Ontario and a major employment hub — as the terminus station for the Northeastern Passenger Rail Service. The government has also identified a preferred route that includes a rail connection to Cochrane. To support the reinstated service, the government is making the necessary $75 million capital investment to support corridor, fleet and station upgrades. The release of an updated Initial Business Case brings Ontario one step closer to building a more connected transportation network that would support economic opportunities, the tourism industry and improve access to health care, education, as well as other critical services.”
“Ontario Northland is proposing to reinstate passenger rail service between Northern Ontario and the [Greater Golden Horseshoe] which addresses these transportation challenges. The proposed rail service will draw upon the experiences of operating the former Northlander to provide a service that better serves the needs and travel demands of northern residents”