Railways say they aren’t adequately compensated for the interswitching costs.  |  File photo

Railways make case against interswitching policy

Railway Association of Canada says interswitching will cause a ‘slow and steady decline’ of short lines in Canada

Canadian railways say extended interswitching is detrimental to their operations and should be eliminated. Representatives told the federal transportation committee meeting on the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act last week that they aren’t adequately compensated for moving cars beyond the 30-kilometre regular zone to a competitor’s rail line as much as 160 km away. […] Read more

The Alberta Wheat Commission, which represents Alberta's wheat growers, has put forward three major recommendations aimed at improving the grain transportation system. | File photo

Alta. wheat growers call for rail improvements

The Alberta Wheat Commission is renewing calls for regulatory reforms that it says will lead to a more equitable relationship between railways and grain shippers. In a Sept. 15 news release, the commission called for improved railway accountability through the introduction of reciprocal monetary penalties that could be applied against grain shippers or railway companies […] Read more

Emission standards for Canadian railway locomotives are expected to come into force later this year.
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Railways on side with emission limits

Canada’s two largest railway companies appear to be on board with Ottawa’s plan to limit polluting emissions for railway locomotives. Last month, the federal government announced its intention to place limits on Canadian locomotive emissions, bringing them in line with U.S. standards. The limits are aimed at protecting the environment and limiting the impact on […] Read more


Canada's two largest railway companies appear to be on board with Ottawa's plan to limit polluting emissions for railway locomotives. | File photo

Railways on side with new locomotive emission standards

Canada’s two largest railway companies appear to be on board with Ottawa’s plan to limit polluting emissions for railway locomotives. Last month, the federal government announced its intention to place limits on Canadian locomotive emissions, bringing them in line with U.S. standards. The limits are aimed at protecting the environment and limiting the impact on […] Read more

Freighters continue to sit in Vancouver’s English Bay as they wait for access to the Port of Vancouver. |  Dominic Schaefer photo

Man., Sask. weigh in on grain transportation issues

The Manitoba government has added its voice to the chorus calling for rigorous federal legislation to deal with the grain transportation backlog on the Prairies. Ottawa is expected to introduce new legislation when Parliament resumes sitting March 24. Provincial ag minister Ron Kostyshyn and other Manitoba government reps say Ottawa needs to craft legislation that […] Read more