Canada’s rail system has recently been beset with crises ranging from an inability to move a bumper crop of grain, to derailments, to drastic cuts in passenger rail. What is common to all of these issues is a lack of capital investment in Canada’s rail infrastructure.
There has been increasing discussion on the need for Canada to follow the lead of the USA and engage in public-private partnerships, involving the railways, the federal government and provincial governments, to develop a fully functional rail system.
Greg Gormick, noted transportation writer and colleague of Transport Action Ontario, has started a discussion in this area, with more to follow. His op-ed, published by the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal on March 16, 2014 can be viewed here: NDR ThunderBayOpEd 2014-03-16