Michael Bourque, President and CEO
RAC Commentary
President's Message

A recently announced pilot project in Ontario will allow single motorists to use the high occupancy vehicle, or “HOV,” lanes between Oakville and Burlington for a fee. The idea is to reduce congestion by allowing some drivers (those who are willing to pay for the privilege) to use carpool lanes, leading to the term “Lexus lanes.”

Most of us have been stuck in Toronto traffic or have experienced the “Don Valley Parking Lot.” But is an HOV toll the right approach to reducing congestion and pollution from vehicles? Should we be encouraging people to stay in their cars, one at a time, if this contributes to congestion? Allocating a cost for doing so, in the absence of other measures, may not change the behaviour of the lone driver. Obviously, there are drivers who have no choice but to be on the road. But for many, a charge for driving in the HOV lane is not a penalty – it’s actually an inducement. MORE >

Busting the railway market power myth

If there’s a railway industry achievement that doesn’t get enough attention, it’s that shippers in Canada enjoy the lowest rail rates in the world. 
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Facts – not politics – should shape Canada’s grain transportation policy
Based on recent media coverage and comments by prairie politicians, it is clear that there is confusion around the so-called Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, and related quotas, as well as distortions aplenty about the railways ability to move grain. Read More

Railway Association takes railway safety seriously
If you happened to tune into Hockey Night in Canada on opening night, you might have seen a commercial about railway safety, sponsored by Canada’s Teamsters. It calls on the federal government to “do its job” and asks the question, “Who’s looking out for our safety?” Read More

Canada’s railways are on track with safety improvements
Now that the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has issued its final report on the tragic accident in Lac-Mégantic, Canadians will have questions and concerns about railway safety. Read More

Providing Safe, Reliable Rail Transportation of Crude Oil in North America
On both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, we are solemnly reflecting on the one-year observance of a terrible tragedy. On July 6, 2013, 47 people were killed when a train hauling crude oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Que. Read More

Canadian Rail is Safe
Canada’s railways suffered high profile and unfortunate accidents last year, most notably the horrific tragedy in Lac-Mégantic. As a result, Canadians are justifiably concerned with railway safety in their community and their country. Several initiatives to improve safety, transparency and response are underway. (Click here for PDF of full text)

Fraser Institute Report on Intermodal Safety in the Transportation of Oil
The Railway Association of Canada takes issue with the Fraser Institute’s release earlier today of a report on the safety of moving oil by pipeline versus other modes of transportation including rail. The report is based on many of the same errors that were contained in a report penned by one if its co-authors earlier this year. (click here for full text)

Lac-Mégantic Tragedy
The rail industry has been greatly affected by the terrible event that occurred early Saturday morning, July 6, 2013 in Lac-Mégantic. (click here for full text)

Bill C-52

After many years of study and debate, on December 10, 2012, the government of Canada introduced Bill C-52 the Fair Rail Freight Service Act. This Bill is actually an amendment to the Canada Transportation Act and it would require a railway company, at the request of a customer (or “shipper”), to make the customer an offer to enter into a contract for service. (click here for PDF of full text)

A Supply Chain of the Willing
The Hon. Denis Lebel, P.C., M.P., Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the regions of Quebec, released the Final Report of the Facilitator of the Rail Freight Service Review on June 22, 2012 (The Dinning Report). (click here for PDF of full text)

Railways: On Track for Global Competitiveness
As early as 2005, rail customers were lobbying the government for measures that would help to “balance” the relationship between railways and rail customers. This led to the 2008 Rail Freight Service Review, then the appointment of Jim Dinning to facilitate discussions between rail customers and railways toward commercial outcomes.(click here for PDF of full text)

Canadians See Rail As Preferred Method for Growing Transportation Needs
A national survey conducted by the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) shows Canadians have overwhelmingly positive perceptions towards rail. They envision rail as a growing component of the nation's future transportation system and embrace an increased presence of rail in the economy and in their commuter habits. (click here for PDF of full text)

Imagine What the TransCanada Highway Would Look Like Without Rail
The Canada of the future will be served by a highly-integrated logistics network that includes shipping, ports, terminals, railways, trucking, and others: one that is capable of delivering goods efficiently, allowing industries to compete globally. (click here for PDF of full text)

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Locomotive Emissions Monitoring

The Locomotive Emissions Monitoring Program (LEM) data filing is completed in accordance with the terms of the 2011-2015 Memorandum of Understanding (2011 – 2015 MOU) signed on April 30, 2013, between the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) and Transport Canada (TC) concerning the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and criteria air contaminants (CAC) from locomotives operating in Canada. MORE >