Welcome to Transport Action

Transport Action Canada, founded as Transport 2000 Canada in 1977, is the nation’s leading citizen transportation advocacy group. While our name has been updated, our mission remains the same: to seek sound public transportation policies, practices and services, especially modernized, intercity passenger rail and urban transit, which improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

Rail advocates outraged by Garneau announcement

"With climate change on everyone's mind, and transportation causing a huge percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, smart solutions are needed," says the public transportation advocacy group's president Bruce Budd. "And the smartest solution of all is the rail network we already have. Except for a brief passing reference to a feasibility study of high frequency rail service linking Toronto to Ottawa and Montreal, why has Minister Garneau virtually ignored VIA Rail Canada in his 2030 Vision?"
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Gaspésie Railway Reps to meet with Minister of Transport

According to Radio Gaspésie, representatives of the Gaspésie Railway, the MNAs for Bonaventure and for Gaspé will soon meet the Minister of Transport (Québec) to convince him to fund the return of the (passenger) train to their line. The track has to be upgraded to passenger train standards according to VIA Rail which has stated it will restart the "Chaleur" train if the track is upgraded.
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State of play regarding Lac-Mégantic’s quest for justice and for safety of oil transported by rail

It has been more than three years since the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, which killed 47 people; left 27 children orphaned; spilled six million litres of crude oil, poisoning the land and waterways; destroyed the town centre; and traumatized a community – trauma that continues to afflict its residents. Combining lives lost, environmental damage and physical destruction the July 6, 2013 Lac–Mégantic rail disaster is – outside of wartime – without precedent in modern Canadian history.
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Positive Train Control

There has been a lot of talk on Positive Train Control, PTC, lately, especially with the New Jersey Transit, NJT, in Hoboken recently. Exactly what is PTC, why did it come in to being and what will it do? Positive train control (PTC) is a system of functional requirements for monitoring and controlling train movements as an attempt to provide increased safety. The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) describes Positive Train Control as having these primary characteristics:[1]
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Search for new VIA Rail chairperson holds promise of real and long-overdue change

  Transport Action Ontario and All Aboard St Marys issued a joint press release applauding the federal government’s search for a new chairperson for VIA Rail.   The release can be viewed here:  tao-aasm-release-via-chairperson2016-11-28 Source:...
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2016 AGM for Transport Action BC

TABC’s Annual General Meeting will held on 30 Nov. 2016 from 19:00-19:30 in the Waves Coffee Shop at Howe St. and Smithe St (SE Corner). Source: TABC
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Toronto Mayor Opts for Road Tolls to fund Transit Expansion

The City of Toronto is facing a major budget shortfall for 2017 – both for operating costs and capital costs.  The problem is not that spending is too high, but that revenues are too low.  Following extensive research, City staff has identified a number of revenue...
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Op-Ed for New Revenue Tools for Sustainable Transportation

  Transport Action Ontario has long advocated that government needs to develop new dedicated revenue tools (taxes, fees) for investment in public transportation.  As part of the Move the GTHA collaborative, we were able to publish an op-ed in the Toronto Star,...
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Fewer trains, higher cost – VIA’s Tri-weekly Ocean continues to cost more than 6 day/week service

When VIA Rail cut service on the Montreal-Halifax Ocean in half back near the end of 2012, they claimed that the move was made to reduce the cost of running the service. The Ocean, like all of VIA’s services (and indeed, nearly all public transportation systems...
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Comments on Metrolinx Discussion Paper for the Next Regional Transportation Plan

  Metrolinx is in the process of updating their Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.  This would replace the previous RTP,  The Big Move, which was released in 2008.  They have released a Discussion Paper on topics and...
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Rail advocates outraged by Garneau announcement

"With climate change on everyone's mind, and transportation causing a huge percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, smart solutions are needed," says the public transportation advocacy group's president Bruce Budd. "And the smartest solution of all is the rail network we already have. Except for a brief passing reference to a feasibility study of high frequency rail service linking Toronto to Ottawa and Montreal, why has Minister Garneau virtually ignored VIA Rail Canada in his 2030 Vision?"
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Rail advocates outraged by Garneau announcement

"With climate change on everyone's mind, and transportation causing a huge percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, smart solutions are needed," says the public transportation advocacy group's president Bruce Budd. "And the smartest solution of all is the rail network we already have. Except for a brief passing reference to a feasibility study of high frequency rail service linking Toronto to Ottawa and Montreal, why has Minister Garneau virtually ignored VIA Rail Canada in his 2030 Vision?"
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High Performance Rail: An Alternative for the Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto Triangle

  Representatives of the Transport Action family of NGOs met with Transport Canada in September to review several matters relating to passenger and freight rail in Canada.   This included discussion on Transport Canada’s due diligence review of VIA Rail’s High...
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A muted celebration of National Railway Day

Transport Action Atlantic’s observance of National Railway Day is somewhat less than celebratory this year.  Our optimism that the Trudeau Government would act decisively to address some of Canada’s critical rail issues is beginning to fade, amid growing concern about...
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