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.

‘Problematic and tragic’: Canadians react to Greyhound decision to cut, reduce routes

Greyhound Canada’s announcement that it will eliminate or reduce passenger and freight routes in Western Canada was met with disappointment on Monday, with lawmakers and activists warning that it will leave the country’s most marginalized communities no choice but to...

Would you want to ride in a 70-year old bus or in a 70-year old plane?

So why should VIA be stuck with 70-year-old trains?

Canada is the only G7 nation that has not seen significant capital funding in intercity passenger rail in a generation. Since 2000, Via has only received a total of $1.6 billion (2017 dollars) for capital investments. In comparison, the United Kingdom spends more than that on passenger rail capital projects each year… ( Click here for The Ottawa Citizen’s story from May 2017 ) The last time VIA was able to buy new, purpose-built equipment was in the early 1980s.

2017 Annual General Meeting of Transport Action Canada

New date: Saturday, May 27th, 11:00 AM

Location: Centre for Social Innovation, Think Tank Room
215 Spadina Ave., 4th Floor
between Queen W. & Dundas

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?”

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.

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.

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]

Spring-Summer Bulletin now available

“VIA Rail at 40: The good, the bad, and the ugly” – our feature coverage on VIA’s 40th anniversary is just one of many topics featured in this issue of The BulletinThe Spring-Summer 2018 issue of The Bulletin, Transport Action Atlantic’s twice annual publication, is...

‘Problematic and tragic’: Canadians react to Greyhound decision to cut, reduce routes

Greyhound Canada’s announcement that it will eliminate or reduce passenger and freight routes in Western Canada was met with disappointment on Monday, with lawmakers and activists warning that it will leave the country’s most marginalized communities no choice but to...

Transit advocate wins 2018 John Pearce Award

South West New Brunswick Transit Authority chair Stan Choptiany of St. Andrews NB (at right) receives the 2018 John Pearce Award from Michael Perry, a long-time member of Transport Action Atlantic’s board of directors. This year’s outstanding public transportation...

TAA 2018 AGM – this Saturday!

Transport Action Atlantic’s Annual General Meeting will be held in Moncton, New Brunswick, this coming Saturday. All are welcome to attend! Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m CN Pensioners Centre 1 Curry Street (off Donald Avenue) Moncton NB This year’s feature will be an...

From surfaces to services

New Brunswick releases report and recommendations on inclusive and sustainable transportation  – by Yves Bourgeois                “A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transport.” – Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor...

Canada doesn’t end at Quebec City! Maritimes VIA service needs new equipment now

Transport Action Atlantic is viewing recent statements from both Prime Minister Trudeau and Transport Minister Marc Garneau on the future of VIA Rail service with a mixture of optimism and concern.  Both have been quoted in media interviews as being supportive of the...

Revised Ministry of Northern Development & Mines(MNDM) Needed to Include Passenger Rail

Our affiliate organization, the Northern and Eastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) has issued a media release requesting the Ontario government to revise the mandate for the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines to include pursuit of passenger rail service...

Response to the Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is developing a long-range (2051) multimodal transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.  Objectives include reducing congestion, supporting economic growth, promoting healthy lifestyles, responding to the climate...

Marine Atlantic cost recovery reaches 70% – Corporation holds annual public meeting

Marine Atlantic’s customer satisfaction rates increased to 77 per cent during the 12-month period ending March 31, 2017, and on-time performance rates improved to 91 per cent.  The vessel reliability rate stood at 99 per cent, and the Newfoundland ferry service...

Integrated Mobility Plan released and approved by Halifax Council

By Marcus Garnet On Friday, December 1, 2017, Halifax Regional Municipality’s Integrated Mobility Plan was released to the public as an agenda item for consideration by Committee of the Whole Council.  On December 5, 2017, Council unanimously endorsed the plan – a...