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Canadian government to provide millions for tribal passenger-rail operation


The Canadian government will provide up to $7.1 million to Tshiuetin Rail Transportation to continue operating passenger-rail service between Sept-Iles and Schefferville, Quebec, until Dec. 31, 2007. The funds will be provided through the Regional and Remote Passenger Rail Services Contribution Program administered by Transport Canada.

Jointly owned by the communities of Matimekush/Lac-John and Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam, and the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, the passenger-rail service was the first to be launched by the First Nations. Rail is the only surface transportation mode available in Schefferville, where First Nations members ride trains to hunting, fishing and trapping territories.

The railroad recently built a diesel locomotive repair shop and improved a station in Schefferville.