On July 7, Transport Action Ontario’s Peter Miasek was interviewed on Canada AM, CTV’s flagship morning news show. The interview concerned the lessons from the Lac Megantic disaster – what has the government changed to date, and what more needs to be done.
Miasek pointed out that Canada’s rail industry has numerous problems – safety, capacity, secondary line abandonment, and the decline of passenger rail. These are all symptoms of a problem of lack of capital. He recommended taking a page from the USA experience, where public-private partnerships between the federal government, state governments and the private railroad industry has lead to a revitalization of this important sector of our economy.
The full interview can be viewed here. Caution: the audio volume is a little too low, but can be comprehended without difficulty. Our thanks to CTV News for this broadcast.