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Huron Central Railway: Line closure coming if province doesn’t pony up

The Huron Central Railway (HCRY) might have to close its line between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury, Ontario, if the province doesn’t provide funding to help upgrade the track. A decision to close the line could come at year’s end, according to the short line, which is owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI).

Since 2006, HCRY has requested funding from Ontario. In the meantime, the line’s condition continues to deteriorate, Huron Central said.

“HCRY is well positioned to get some government grants, but there is still a lot of uncertainty on the amount for which it may qualify and the timing,” said GWI Director of Corporate Communications Michael Williams in an email. “One thing is certain, HCRY needs infrastructure funding this year.”

HCRY officials, federal and provincial government representatives, and other stakeholders recently met to discuss the situation.

The short line was established in 1997 to operate the 189-mile line, which is leased from CP.

Jeff Stagl

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