Turning into a trail is the same thing as destroying it. If they were to tear it down, they would have the same chance of ever seeing it used for rail again as if they turn it into a trail. When has a rail trail ever been returned to rail use in Canada? The pushback would be crazy.
You should read up on VIA's High Frequency Rail/Dedicated Tracks project. It's just such a proposal. About to receive federal approval and funding.
I'm just glad I don't live in a city as looney as Ottawa.
Indeed. Better to live in the GTA where GO now enables 2 hr commutes. That's saner than letting a bridge that no rail operator is using or plans on using in the foreseeable future, be used as a bike path.