Probably right, but still, the intercity rail alternatives in Canada and the US are abysmal. When it comes to intercity transit, you can fly (obscenely expensive) or take the bus (looong).
Train service is not a right of passage.
People who live in isolated communities enjoy many benefits suchas the closeness of nature, no traffic, a low cost of living, and often a stronger sense of community. There are of course tradeoffs. By choosing to live in such areas you must also accept it's downsides one of which is fewer transportation options. People who live in more remote locations cannot at the same time expect services which are equal to one's in more populated areas. Expecting transportation services similar to heavily populated areas is unreasonable. Life is about compromises, there is no such thing as "the best of both worlds".
People in isolated areas have, in part, choosen it due to it's affordability but transportation systems are expensive..........you get what you pay for. Northlands should have been cancelled decades ago.
Porter flies to Timmins for about $400 return - isn't that about the same as the train to Cochrane? Except that Porter passengers pay a 50% tax on their airfare, and Ontario Northland passengers get a 50% subsidy. Seriously.
Rail where it works. Like between Queen and Pape stations, or whatever. But not where it is as completely financially unviable as this.
The majority of the potential ridership didn't give a hoot about the train, and never road it. If people had road the train when they went to other places, instead of driving the Ford F150 they went into debt to buy, maybe they wouldn't be in this position. have fun buying $2 gas, suckers.
It is a bit of a testament to the way that the Northlander was run, that a train that goes from downtown Toronto right to Muskoka couldn't make a go of it. I wonder how many people actually know (or knew) it exists?
Jonny5 - if you think the majority of people who drive F150s make over 100K you are totally kidding yourself. people buy those because they're unhappy with their anatomy, end of story. the proof for this is that you hardly ever see anyone even carrying anything in the back, and the typical driver of these has a fat neck and gas station sunglasses.
That's a little harsh, isn't it?
I see your user name is "Dandy Horse." Hmm. The above sure sounds like the words of a stereotypical smug holier-than-thou downtower cyclist.
It is, but he kind of has a point. There are many-a-people who don't actually use the F150 for their actual worth -- they are the same people who have a pair of molded testicles hanging from the trailer hitch for some apparent reason.