Fo­rums for fu­ture of rail lines com­ing

The Drumheller Mail - - ENTERTAINMENT - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Pal­liser Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal Ser­vices (PRMS) is still search­ing for a date to ex­plore the op­tions avail­able for the rail line from Oyen to Lyalta that CN put on its dis­con­tin­u­ance list.

As per reg­u­la­tions un­der the Cana­dian Trans­porta­tion Act, CN pub­lished a No­tice of Dis­con­tin­u­ance in its three-year plan in Novem­ber of 2008. Ac­cord­ing to the Act, CN must wait a min­i­mum of 12 months be­fore the rail line can be ad­ver­tised for com­mer­cial in­ter­ests.

PRMS hopes to have stud­ies into the op­tions it can ex­plore with the rail line com­pleted be­fore this time. They have se­cured a grant from Al­berta Agri­cul­ture to study the is­sue fur­ther.

“Pub­lic fo­rums are set to be sched­uled in Hanna and Drumheller in the very near fu­ture and we look for­ward to pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on the process in­volved and an op­por­tu­nity for gen­er­at­ing ideas,” said a press release, signed by Brad Wiebe, in­terim CEO/ se­nior plan­ner for PRMS.

“Any ideas gen­er­ated to con­tinue rail op­er­a­tions will then be re­searched more in depth to de­ter­mine the fea­si­bil­ity.”

PRMS is made up of 29-share­hold­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in­clud­ing Drumheller and many com­mu­ni­ties along the rail line.

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