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AGAWA CANYON TOUR TRAIN : A journey of epic scenery and sustainability

The Agawa Canyon Railroad is a tourism rail operator based in North Ontario. Operating spring to fall, it departs out of downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Agawa takes visitors on a 114-mile (183 km) journey through the rugged beauty that is exclusive to the region. A wholly owned subsidiary of global transportation services provider Watco, […]

RTC Rail Solutions: Doing well by doing good – now and for the future

There is an old saying that you do well by doing good. When RTC Rail Solutions (RTC) talks about rail’s transformation from “old days” to today, ‘good’ is notably absent. And that old saying takes on renewed meaning. “Railways across North America and particularly in Canada have transformed their operations, track maintenance and corporate responsibility […]

GROWING NEXT GEN RAILROADERS: An Alberta polytechnic puts EDI front and centre

The Calgary campus of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) offers some spectacular views of both the city and nearby mountains. Home to a leading-edge School of Transportation that’s producing the railroaders of tomorrow, SAIT also proudly acknowledges the roots from which it  – and Canada – have grown. Oki, Amba’wastitch, Danit’ada, Tân’si, Hello. […]

Michael Kaufman: Talkin’ ‘Bout A (Gender Equality) Revolution

Michael Kaufman is calling for a revolution – one whose time has come.  “The last 8,000 years have been about affirmative action for men; we need to accelerate the pace of change,” he says in an interview from his Toronto home. “We need to overturn male-dominated, patriarchal societies not to flip them on their head […]

VIA Rail: Moving with you and moving the needle on EDI

VIA Rail is currently hard at work modernizing its passenger rail services and infrastructure. The Crown Corporation (and long-time RAC member) is focused on offering safe, reliable, and enjoyable travel experiences for all. VIA’s commitment to sustainable travel is not just environmental, nor economic – it’s about reflecting and serving the needs of all Canadians […]

Associate Member Profile: Siemens Mobility Limited

Rail innovation involves safety, sustainability, and technological efficiency. When it comes to passenger rail, it also involves particular emphasis on the digitalization of rolling stock and communications systems, customers’ on-board experience, and aesthetics (in urban centres especially).  Global companies like RAC associate member Siemens Mobility Limited. are investing in Canada in hopes of shaping the […]

Ontario Northland: Supporting the Economy through Innovation and Safety

There’s been a lot of attention in recent years on Northern Ontario’s economic potential. Dubbed the ‘Ring of Fire Region’ by some, Northern Ontario is rich in critical minerals that are needed around the world. Economic development efforts will depend on improved rail service. RAC member Ontario Northland will play a big role in supporting […]

CHARTING A PATH TOWARD “DEEP DECARBONIZATION”

A soon-to-be-released report on further reducing Canadian rail’s carbon footprint is a potent signal that the rail sector’s 26-year-old memorandum of understanding (MoU) with regulator Transport Canada continues to produce generational results. The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) partnered with Transport Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Natural Resources Canada, the Delphi Group and Pollution […]

Member Profile | CSX Corporation

CSX Corporation: Capitalizing on the efficiency of rail transportation to serve America CSX Corporation is an RAC member based in Jacksonville, Florida. Its vast 19,500 route mile network extends across 23 American states and the District of Columbia, and into two Canadian terminals – Sarnia, Ontario and Beauharnois, Québec. In all, CSX carries mixed freight […]

Associate Member Profile | Colliers Project Leaders

COLLIERS PROJECT LEADERS: WORKING TO MAKE CANADIAN RAIL SAFER AND MORE EFFICIENT Having grown up in Calgary, Kim Turner remembers walking with her father along sections of the Bow River with rail lines running nearby. She recalls hearing of a family friend who lived in Winnipeg and worked as an electrical engineer for a rail […]