The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) produces a range of publications to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Canada’s rail industry. From our quarterly magazine Interchange to our annual statistical document Rail Trends, RAC’s publications give you insight into the industry’s performance and the current issues it faces.
Fact Sheets, Infographics and Studies
Did you know that Canada’s intercity passenger rail service connects more than 400 communities from coast to coast? Or that Canada’s railways move a tonne of freight a kilometre for just three cents? Browse through RAC’s fact sheets and infographics to learn more amazing facts about Canada’s rail industry.
- Safety is a top priority for Canada’s railways. Before recreational marijuana becomes legal, governments should be on board with policies to ensure workplaces remain safe.
- Rail relocation is the practice of moving rail lines and facilities out of urban areas. In all cases, it is an extremely complex and costly process that involves numerous stakeholders. Railways rely on their massive infrastructure to provide safe and efficient service in a competitive marketplace. In cases where existing rail facilities may not be suitable for upgrading or expansion, railways will explore relocation. However, railways will not commit to relocations that in any way impair their ability to serve their customers.
- CANADA’S RAILWAYS: Part of the climate change solution Canada has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and Canada’s freight and passenger railways can play a vital role in reaching that goal through their exceptional fuel economy and longstanding commitment to reducing GHG emissions
- This year, Canadian Class 1 railways are expected to invest a record $5.5 billion of capital back into their networks. These investments in infrastructure and equipment are enabling railways to better serve their customers by enhancing the safety, eciency and resiliency of the rail network. The results of these investments are reflected in Canada’s world-class supply chain that benefits farmers, shippers, passengers, and the entire Canadian economy.
- Canada’s railways are among the safest in the world, and they are committed to continuously improving their safety record. Each year, Canada’s railways launch new initiatives to improve safety, transparency and emergency preparedness, while accelerating their existing safety efforts.
- Canada's railways delivered record results in 2017 in a number of areas, reflecting the industry's commitment to performance and safety. For example, railways originated a record number of carloads - more than 5.2 million - and reduced freight rates for a second year in a row, enabling rail customers to compete in the global marketplace.
- This report by global management consultancy Oliver Wyman found that pipelines and Canada’s Class I Railways have equivalent safety records in the movement of crude oil. From 2014-18, Canadian pipelines and railways combined to move 216,987 billion gallon-miles of crude oil, 99.999% of which was transported without spillage. The report concludes that both takeaway modes - pipelines and rail - are required for Canada’s energy industry to thrive.