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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VIA reports positive holiday ridership

  VIA Rail is reporting positive results from the 2016-2017 Christmas/New Year’s holiday season. VIA issued a press release on Jan. 12 claiming “record” results, though it’s admittedly not at all clear what their frame of reference is to declare these records (best...
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PEI shuttle ends, Maritime Bus adds more runs

After 20 years of carrying passengers to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, PEI’s Advance Shuttle has shut down. The company was purchased by Maritime Bus in 2012, who continued to operate it up until its final run on January 6, 2017. Maritime Bus had concluded that the...
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A High-Performance Passenger Rail Option to Pickering Airport

As discussions continue on possibly constructing a new airport in Pickering, Ontario, Transport Action Ontario has issued a new letter outlining the advantages of a high performance passenger rail option, rather than the air option.   The letter can be viewed here: ...
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Op Ed on Rail Improvements in Southwestern Ontario

Transport Action Ontario board member Ken Westcar recently published an op ed article in the London Free Press, advocating for significant, short-term improvements to existing passenger rail services in Ontario, rather than solely studying a high-speed rail service....
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2017 New Year’s letter from the president

tao-2017-new-years-letter Source: TAO
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Transport Action Ontario featured in article on road tolls

Note to Readers:   with the approval of expressway tolls in Toronto, interest in road tolling has spiked all across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.  Transport Action Ontario was featured in an article by York Region Media Group on this topic.  The article...
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“Go Maritimes” provides useful tool for multi-modal transportation planning in Atlantic Canada

Have you ever been trying to figure out how to use public transportation to travel between two places in the Maritimes, and had a hard time knowing if you’d found all of the options? If so, you’d do well to check out the valuable online transportation planning...
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Search for new VIA Rail chairperson holds promise of real and long-overdue change

All Aboard St Marys and Transport Action Ontario 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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