Train talk opened to the public
Francois Rebello, the promoter looking to restart passenger train service across the Eastern Townships, is hosting another consultation with local politicians and representatives of private businesses next Monday but this time the public is invited to hop on board.
“We just want to make sure that everyone who is interested, for or against, has the opportunity to join the discussion,” Rebello told The Record.
Held on board the Orford Express tourist train, the consultation will take the form of a working lunch, taking riders from Sherbrooke to Orford and back between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Although the cost of participation in the meeting sits at $75, Rebello pointed out that the price tag is less than the regular fare for the Orford express and includes an opportunity to be a part of the conversation as well as enjoy lobster rolls from project partners in Maine.
Asked about where things stand with the project, Rebello explained that the estimated $90 million cost of getting the whole operation up and running has been broken down into different sections that he hopes will win the support of different local investors. The plan is to get $8 million of the total from local municipalities and the promoter said that both Farnham and Bromont have given approval of their respective amounts so long as the full amount can be raised.
Although Rebello noted that there is some uncertainty in the support he has gained because of the upcoming municipal election, he expressed very little concern.