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confidence, which allows them to continue
the virtuous circle of investment, service
improvement and competitive pricing.
But this is not the case for all parts of
the transportation network. In the past
few years, we have seen bottlenecks
occur because of the lack of ice-breaking
capacity in the Great Lakes, the lack of
24/7 operations at many ports, a lack of
investment in roads and bridges and so on.
In addition, transportation infrastructure
itself is impacted by climate change. Flooding
in the Prairies is more frequent now than it
was fifty years ago. In 2013-2014, we saw
the biggest grain crop in history, due in part
to a longer growing season and crops that
can be planted further north. That same
year, we felt the coldest winter in 75 years in
Canada while the US struggled with a "polar
vortex" that saw record snowfalls hamper
operations of all kinds across the country.
Trade-enabling infrastructure is of
paramount importance to Canada as a trading
nation. Our Class 1 railways have demonstrated
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commercial context, they will make the
investments required to meet a growing
economy. However, shortline railways - who
largely compete with a subsidized trucking
sector, which operates on publicly funded
infrastructure (roads and highways) - don't have
the same ability to keep up with infrastructure
requirements. Shortlines are key to our ability
to offer a sustainable transportation service
in support of global trade. They emit fewer
greenhouse gas emissions than trucks, and
they don't congest or wear out our roads.
For these reasons alone, Canada should set a
goal of moving a significant amount of truck
traffic to rail. Shifting just 15 per cent of freight
traffic to rail from truck would reduce GHG
emissions by close to 5.6 megatonnes of C02
equivalent - comparable to removing more
than one million cars for a year from the road.
As we move to a lower carbon future, rail
is one of the few industries that can help the
economy grow while reducing emissions.
Investments in our trade-enabling transportation
infrastructure can help reduce carbon while
increasing our global competitiveness.  ■

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Interchange - Winter 2017

President’s message
Pacific partnerships
The big short
First-mile/last-mile
A value network
Index to Advertisers
Interchange - Winter 2017 - cover1
Interchange - Winter 2017 - cover2
Interchange - Winter 2017 - 3
Interchange - Winter 2017 - 4
Interchange - Winter 2017 - 5
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Interchange - Winter 2017 - President’s message
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Interchange - Winter 2017 - Pacific partnerships
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Interchange - Winter 2017 - The big short
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Interchange - Winter 2017 - A value network
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Interchange - Winter 2017 - Index to Advertisers
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