MONTREAL - Transport Canada said it is too dangerous to re-open the Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA)-owned tracks between Sherbrooke, Que., and the stricken town of Lac-Megantic, QMI Agency has learned.
The agency inspected 110 km of track between the two cities on Thursday and ruled that the railway lines were not secure, according to Andre L'Esperance, who operates a passenger tourist train on the MMA line.
QMI Agency was unable to reach Transport Canada on Sunday for confirmation.
The tracks between the two cities haven't been used since an MMA-owned train derailed on July 6 and exploded in the downtown core of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.
L'Esperance he didn't understand Transport Canada's decision.
"It doesn't make sense," he said. "The tracks were used (before the July 6 derailment) by trains carrying hazardous material and today, the tracks are condemned for being dangerous?
"What happened in such a small amount of time for the tracks to deteriorate to this point?" he asked.