Train talk opened to the pub­lic

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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