Commuter Rail

More and more people are choosing rail transportation as a means to commute and travel. The number of rail commuters in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec also jumped 36.5 per cent over the decade.

Polling conducted by the RAC in 2011 found the vast majority of Canadians view freight, commuter and intercity rail options to be the safest, greenest and the best for society overall.  Canadians have expressed the want and need for more rail. From an economical, environmental and social standpoint, the widespread sentiment is that there needs to be more money and resources put toward the sector as a whole. Between limiting pollution and dramatically reducing congestion, Canadians agree that allocating resources to rail as a mode of transportation makes the most sense going forward.

When asked which mode of transportation should be the highest transportation priority in Canada, 56 per cent choose
rail, which is more than five times any other means of transportation. Cars rank a distant second at 11 per cent, followed by buses and planes at 10 per cent each.


Media Contact:
Mr. Paul Goyette
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Telephone: (613) 564-8097

To see the difference that you can make by shipping your freight with rail, we invite you to use the RAC's Rail Freight Greenhouse Gas Calculator, click here.

Locomotive Emissions Monitoring Program 2011
To learn more about LEM Program, click here.


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