Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Good news for Peterborough

I wrote our local MP a letter a couple of months ago. I think it was the first time I had ever done so. I wrote it after reading an article in the local paper which discussed the possible extension of the 407 ETR to the 115. Buried in the article was a small mention of passenger rail service to Peterborough. This service was canceled 20 years ago. I wrote to our MP, Del Mastro, to let him know that I would prefer to have our passenger rail link restored, rather than money invested in extending the 407. The reasons are these:
  • Passenger rail systems in North America need to be improved, having been neglected for too long. Travel by car has been too easy and too affordable until now to make rail a viable option. Those days are limited.
  • Peak Oil. We will soon (or have already) reach peak global oil production. Everything related to oil will cost more in the coming years. That doesn't leave out much in today's world. Travel by rail is a much more efficient method compared to cars, per passenger mile.
  • Peterborough's economic future. If the above is true, and Peterborough hopes to be a viable city to live in for the future, we need to be connected great Montreal-Toronto corridor by more than roads. Our factories and plants need to be able to send and receive without relying on Transport Trucks. A large portion of our population commutes to the GTA (including Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa). As the cost of fuel rises, they will question if the benefit of living in this great city is worth the daily commuting cost. Travel by train will reduce this burden.
According to the new federal Budget, we will be getting this improved rail service. I'd like to think that my letter didn't go unnoticed.
What are your thoughts?


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