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By fostering rail transportation
and identifying opportunities to
invest in railway infrastructure,
governments can play a role in
ensuring Canada is taking full
advantage of our world-class
rail network.
While shortline freight carriers
and passenger railways aren't as big
as their Class 1 freight peers, their
infrastructure is critical, especially
when it comes to supporting our
country's sustainable growth now and
in the future.
Shortlines are an integral part
of Canada's railway network,
providing vital services to regional
and remote communities. They
operate on low-density rail lines,
feeding traffic to Class 1 railways
and providing shippers with a
link to the marketplace. Shortline
railways are roughly four times
more fuel-efficient than their main
competitor, trucks. Shifting more
freight traffic from truck to rail has the
potential to reduce transportationrelated greenhouse gas emissions
in Canada. However, Canada's
shortline railways face challenges
competing with the trucking sector,
which operates on publicly funded
infrastructure: roads and highways.
As Genesee & Wyoming Canada
president Louis Gravel writes on page
22, public investments in shortline
rail infrastructure would level the
playing field, encourage a more
environmentally friendly mode of
transportation and, as a result, help
Canada achieve its climate change
reduction goals.
Passenger railways also play an
important role in helping Canada
reach these objectives. Each day,
passenger trains in Canada take
hundreds of cars off the road, relieving
congestion and reducing emissions.
More and more, we're seeing RAC
members work collaboratively to
ensure that existing and future
passenger rail services encourage
responsible transportation. On
page 32, VIA Rail president Yves
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Interchange | Summer / Été 2018

Desjardins-Siciliano describes how
recent investments in the intercity
passenger railway's operations
will foster sustainable mobility and
enhance the attractiveness of rail
transportation for Canadians.
This issue of Interchange covers
these topics and others related to
Canada's critical rail infrastructure.
On page 40, we explain the realities
of moving train tracks - preview: the
process is extremely complex and
costly - to new locations. In addition,
we recap the infrastructure-themed
panel discussion that took place at
our annual Rail-Government Interface
event in Ottawa in May, which
drew more than 80 railroaders, key
decision-makers and stakeholders.
Canada has the safest and most
cost-effective rail system in the world.
And thanks to continued private
investment by Canada's railways in

their trade-enabling infrastructure,
safety and service are improving.
By fostering rail transportation and
identifying opportunities to invest in
railway infrastructure, governments
can play a role in ensuring Canada
is taking full advantage of our worldclass rail network. This would benefit
railways, their customers and the
economy they serve. ■

prévoient dépenser plus de
4,5 milliards en immobilisations.
Bien que les chemins de fer
d'intérêt local et de voyageurs ne
soient pas aussi importants que leurs
homologues de catégorie 1, leur
infrastructure est essentielle.
Les chemins de fer d'intérêt
local fournissent des services
essentiels aux collectivités locales
et régionales. Ils exploitent des



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
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 4
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 5
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 6
Interchange - Summer 2018 - President’s Message
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 8
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 9
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 10
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 11
Interchange - Summer 2018 - Capital Improvements
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - 21
Interchange - Summer 2018 - Sustainable Investing
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - 30
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 31
Interchange - Summer 2018 - The Smart Choice
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - 36
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - 39
Interchange - Summer 2018 - Rail Relocation 101
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - 45
Interchange - Summer 2018 - Rail-Government Interface 2018
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 56
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 57
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 58
Interchange - Summer 2018 - cover3
Interchange - Summer 2018 - cover4
Interchange - Summer 2018 - outsert1
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