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RAC supports TSB rail safety recommendations

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) and its members fully support today’s recommendations put forth by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) related to improving the safety of moving goods by rail. The industry will work collaboratively with regulators, unions and other stakeholders to ensure the most recent set of proposals become part of Canada’s deeply embedded rail safety culture.

“We are in favour of measures that enhance the safety of Canada’s rail network,” said Michael Bourque, president and CEO of the RAC. “In addition to ongoing industry efforts, the TSB’s recommendations will advance the safe handling of goods that are essential to Canadians and Canada’s economy.”

Together, railways and regulators have taken a comprehensive view on ways to improve operations for trains carrying dangerous goods, including train securement practices, information sharing with communities and enhanced emergency response preparedness.

This is in addition to the significant and on-going investments in equipment, technology and training that have further enhanced the safety of operations.

Nothing is more important to Canada’s railways than operating safely and the industry will continue to work together with all parties to maintain Canada’s strong overall safety performance.


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About the Railway Association of Canada

The Railway Association of Canada represents some 50 goods, tourist, commuter and intercity Rail businesses in Canada, their more than 32,000 employees and over 50 associate member suppliers. RAC acts to inform officials, develop programs, policies and resources and respectfully communicate with the public and media to strengthen the role and capacity of Rail to deliver leading services that are economically viable, socially cohesive, future focused and environmentally sustainable.


Alex Paterson
Railway Association of Canada