Radio Spectrum

For the past 30 years, the Association of American Railroads and the Railway Association of Canada have coordinated the use of 94 dedicated very high radio frequency for such rail operations as train to train, train to fixed locations, yard switching, maintenance of way activities, and railway police communications and information transfer. In the Spring of 2000, Industry Canada transferred the radio spectrum management responsibilities to the Canadian railway industry as part of a new public-private partnership. A single spectrum license, issued to RAC, now replaces all radio licenses previously issued to individual railways. This reduced administrative burdens on both government and industry, while allowing the latter to play a more active role in the expansion and deployment of its radio communications network, so essential to safety and operational efficiency. Increased demand, complexity, and technological advances are changing the radio communications field in exciting new ways.


For more information contact:
Mr. Daniel Lafrenière
Director, Spectrum & Telecommunications

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