Fishy facts on tracks

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by admin on May 28, 2014

Remember when we all thought the $5.8 million in government funds would be the solution? The sign from 2008 still sits at the vacant train turntable in Wakefield. Anastasia Philopoulos photo

Remember when we all thought the $5.8 million in government funds would be the solution? The sign from 2008 still sits at the vacant train turntable in Wakefield. Anastasia Philopoulos photo

CCFO prez says she never heard “$50 million”, still hasn’t seen study

By Anastasia Philopoulos

With talk of what to do next with the train tracks, it seems that we may have kissed the Wakefield steam train goodbye. But amid new debates heating up in the region, it appears discussions might not be quite finished. New facts continue to surface on the state of soil stabilization and its purported $50 million dollar price tag.

“If there was a study presented, it didn’t have that number in it,” said Louise Boudrias, President of the Corporation du chemin de fer de l’Outaouais (CCFO).

It’s been almost a month since the Low Down published a story stating it would cost approximately $50 million to fix the soil along the train tracks from Gatineau to Chelsea. The information first appeared in Le Droit, which reported that a study done by the Ministère des Transports et du Québec (MTQ) was presented to CCFO officials and Outaouais mayors. The study allegedly included the $50 million estimate. After a bit of head scratching on the part of several officials – where is this study to be found? – the Low Down did some light digging.

According to Boudrias, the meeting in Quebec City in late March included an estimate of what the cost might be, but it is almost June and still none of the stakeholders has seen the much-discussed study that would likely kill the popular tourist train.

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