Forums for future of rail lines coming
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.