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
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.
- 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 has 50-plus passenger and freight railways that operate on more than 44,000 kilometres of track – making it one of the largest rail systems in the world. Most of these railways run 365 days a year over rugged terrain and in some of the world’s most challenging weather, while providing safe, green and cost-effective transportation.
- Canada's 50-plus shortline railways transport $20.3 billion worth of freight — everything from metals, lumber, grain and manufactured goods — to and from continental rail networks, such as CN and CP's, each year.
- As a signatory to the Paris Agreement on climate change, Canada has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. 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.
- Safety is a top priority for Canada’s railways, 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.