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RAIL
RELOCATION
101
On the surface, rail relocation may seem
like an easy solution to railway-community
proximity issues. But this process is both
extremely complex and costly.
From our earliest days as a nation, Canada's railways
have continuously invested in infrastructure to help
connect communities and to deliver products to market.
As railways built their networks from coast to coast,
towns and cities across the nation competed to bring
rail to their communities. Today, as cities expand, more
demand is placed on railways to efficiently and safely
move people and goods.
Rail relocation: Easier said than done
As developers have built up land around railway
property, and urban communities have expanded near
customers that have historically relied on rail, some
jurisdictions have proposed relocating rail lines and
yards. On the surface, rail relocation may seem like an
easy solution. However, this process is both extremely
complex and costly.
In all cases, railways and municipalities must find
and purchase new land, complete environmental
assessments, and resolve the concerns of affected
stakeholders, among other measures. Any land formerly
belonging to railway companies to be developed
for other uses must undergo lengthy and expensive
environmental remediation. It often involves years
of work to tear out old track, build new temporary
and permanent rail lines, demolish old buildings,
and construct new yards and shops. Rail relocation
can force some freight rail customers to move their
businesses or close entirely. In addition, relocating train
tracks can negatively affect intercity and commuter
passenger railways, which fundamentally rely on rail
lines with urban access to deliver better service
to customers.
Consideration for neighbouring communities
and rail customers
Municipal authorities sometimes drive rail
relocation, hoping to find new locations that are less
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Interchange - Summer 2018

President’s Message
Capital Improvements
Sustainable Investing
The Smart Choice
Rail Relocation 101
Rail-Government Interface 2018
Index to Advertisers
Interchange - Summer 2018 - Intro
Interchange - Summer 2018 - bellyband1
Interchange - Summer 2018 - bellyband2
Interchange - Summer 2018 - cover1
Interchange - Summer 2018 - cover2
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 3
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - President’s Message
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - Capital Improvements
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