A joint news release issued by Member of Parliament Pat Davidson and Lambton County Warden Steve Arnold following a meeting with Via Rail officials as well as the federal Minister of State (Transport) last week includes a pledge by all parties to work toward improving rail service to and from Sarnia, although no one is saying a cancellation of all but one train in and out of the city will be reversed.
Rather, Davidson said in the news release that she has been assured Sarnia will continue to play a role when it comes to rail transport. In addition, concerns over access to services with those who have physical disabilities will continue.
Davidson said she has been told by Via rail that the Crown corporation is working on developing plans to connect rail service with other forms of transportation, the purpose being to maintain service even in the face of declining numbers of rail service passengers.
Warden Steve Arnold was joined at the meeting with Minister Steve Fletcher by Sarnia Councillor Dave Boushy, both of whom were in Ottawa for a meeting of the Association of Ontario Municipalities.