Moving People

Canadians are choosing rail more than ever as a comfortable, affordable and environmentally friendly way to travel. Canada's passenger railways currently move 75 million people each year, and that number is rising. Gas prices and urban sprawl have boosted demand for passenger rail infrastructure and services, and Canada’s intercity and commuter railways have responded exceptionally well.

Revenue from passenger transportation services – representing combined intercity, tourist train and commuter rail services – has climbed 73 per cent over the past 10 years, with the number of rail commuters in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec growing 28 per cent during that time.

As the price of fuel continues to rise, Canada’s passenger railways expect to carry even more people looking to take advantage of rail’s economic benefits, while lessening their environmental footprint.

©2017 The Railway Association of Canada. All rights reserved.

Rail Trends

The Railway Association of Canada's Rail Trends provides a ten-year composite of financial and operating statistics for a comprehensive review of the business of transporting goods and people by rail in Canada. This review covers virtually all interveners of rail - the Class 1s, regional freight companies, short lines, intercity passenger, commuter and tourist train... MORE >