Federal regulator to hear complaint against Omnitrax on failure to fix Churchill railway – Manitoba – CBC News

The Canadian Transportation Agency will hear a complaint launched by the Manitoba NDP against Omnitrax Canada over the company’s failure to resume service after flooding damaged its northern Manitoba railway.If federal regulators side with the provincial Opposition party, the company could be forced to repair and resume service on the line that connects the northern Manitoba towns of Gillam and Churchill. Hudson Bay Railway has been out of service since May 2017.”This is pretty important to the people of Churchill,” NDP Leader Wab Kinew told reporters Friday. “The No. 1 issue for people in town is getting the rail line back open.”Feds commit $2.7M in funding for Churchill, but no news on rail line repairsA formal hearing of the complaint is scheduled between the parties on Feb. 15, according to Canadian Transportation Agency documents provided to CBC News by the NDP.”We’ve taken concrete action.… Hopefully this is another step toward doing right by the people of Churchill,” said Kinew.Omnitrax declined CBC’s request for a comment Friday.Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler criticized the NDP’s actions as a ploy to get attention.”NDP grandstanding to generate headlines does nothing to resolve the situation. We believe in real solutions. Preening in front of the media does not achieve real solutions,” Schuler said in a written statement.

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