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Province funds CBU proposal for municipal light-rail line

By Kelli Rickard Apr 5, 2024 | 12:00 PM

Cape Breton University is proposing Atlantic Canada’s first light-rail line.

The Nova Scotia government is providing $610,000 in funding to support a feasibility study led by the university to develop a battery-powered light-rail train service in Cape Breton Regional Municipality, building on existing infrastructure and the rail corridor.

In a release, Premier Tim Houston says, “For years, Cape Bretoners have seen the railway sit idle. Now they’re seeing the population grow and the need for more efficient transportation.”

The president of CBU, David Dingwall says, “I am so grateful to the Houston government for recognizing that we have to find creative ways to address our growth. The cancellation of the subsidy on the Cape Breton rail line has opened opportunities for something new in CBRM that will benefit the community for generations to come.”

The study will include consultation with the community.

Work is expected to begin immediately.