The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is a regional not-for-profit organization of individuals, municipalities, First Nations, businesses and other stakeholders who recognize the significant social, economic, cultural, historical and environmental value of Northern Ontario’s passenger trains. It is dedicated to preserving and enhancing remote passenger train service in the District of Algoma as well as the adjacent districts around Hearst and Sudbury.
CAPT is composed of a broad variety of interests, including municipalities, First Nations, tourist resort operators, cottage/camp-owners, recreationists, environmentalists, ACR employees and retirees, community economic development professionals and accessibility groups, particularly along the Algoma rail lines from Hearst to Sault Ste. Marie and Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury.
CAPT considers rail to be essential infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions and enable our communities to be resilient as we transition to a post peak oil economy.
CAPT promotes the development of a wilderness, heritage and tourism corridor—an important economic diversification strategy to provide employment in communities formerly reliant on resource-harvesting industries.
CAPT promotes passenger rail since it provides: efficient access to the Northern Ontario, safe and reliable all season transportation, better health care accessibility, wilderness tourism corridor, connectivity for northern communities and their partnerships, economic diversity and development, accessible transportation for people with disabilities—an important concern for an aging population in Northern Ontario.
CAPT is inter-sectoral, bringing together organizations, individuals and businesses from many sectors, including economic, business, social, cultural, environmental.
CAPT creatively showcases the rich cultures of the region: Anishinaabe, Franco-Ontarian and Anglo-Ontarian heritage and current cultures as a way to create tourism products for the rail corridor, to increase public awareness of the value of the rail lines (including the hosting of selected events using art, film and music).