Mission of the Coalition of Gaspesians for the return of VIA Rail passenger train
Working on the resumption of passenger train services for the following reasons
In Gaspé, we have a serious problem with public transportation.
The VIA Rail passenger train no longer circulates between New Carlisle and Gaspé since 12 December 2011 and since 17 September 2013, traffic also stopped between Matapedia and New Carlisle. The train from Montreal then stops at Matapédia, for travelers whose destination is the rest of the Gaspé coast.
Since early 2015, the Orléans Express service offers one daily departure to Rimouski, Quebec City and Montreal and only one departure per day from major centers to the Gaspé coast. This trip takes place at night without the comfort of Via Rail’s long distance sleeping cars. We are threatened by the complete abandonment of the bus service in the near future.
In terms of aircraft, Pascan Aviation has halved its departures from the Gaspé and Bonaventure airports. And with its exorbitant price, people in the Gaspé do not have the financial means to travel by plane.
The Gaspésie population is aging and aging means disease. Which often means the obligation to receive care in major centers for medical services that are not offered in the Gaspé hospitals. The elderly or people with cancer who have to travel to larger centers for treatment do not always have adequate transportation. So we must find a solution quickly for this issue.
In addition, tourists who want to visit the Gaspé are also entitled to a reliable and affordable means of transport. In addition, many young families use the train when it is available. Finally, Gaspesians and their visitors want a green mode of public transit, corresponding to 2015 values, which will become essential in any case in the future, in view of the gradual depletion of fossil fuels.
History of the launch of website www.gaspetrain.org
This morning, June 8, 2015, we took a new step.
Indeed, we are officially launching the new website of the Coalition of Gaspesians for the return of VIA Rail passenger train. This site will make documents and petitions available in one place for all those who want to support us. I invite you to consult this site frequently to get the latest news.