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Empowering Ontario’s Short Line Railways
January 30, 2017
Empowering Ontario’s Short Line Railways

Transportation policy will help ensure short lines don't just survive, but thrive


Ontario’s regional or short line railways play a big role as “first and last mile” feeders to the continent-wide rail system. By lowering costs and providing a more community-based service, they have brought back several abandoned short line systems by Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN). In Canada, short lines carry one-fifth of all rail tonnage.

The opportunity to enact the CTA Review’s short line recommendations has been created by the new federal Transportation 2030 policy announced on November 3, 2016. It pledges $10.1 billion to eliminate bottlenecks and build more robust trade corridors. The inclusion of short lines in this strategy is critical if they are to contribute fully to Canada’s global competitiveness by providing them with the policies and funding they require to not just survive, but to thrive.

Empowering Ontario’s Short Line Railways

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  1. Executive Summary
  2. The Impact of Ontario’s Short Line Railways
  3. The Challenges Facing Ontario’s Short Lines
  4. Oxford County’s Short Line: The Ontario Southland Railway
  5. Needed: Canadian Public Policy and Investment Changes
  6. Provincial Short Line Support
  7. Rail Passenger Consequences
  8. Short Lines at a Crossroads
  9. Proven American Solutions
  10. Canada Transportation Act Review Recommendations
  11. Maximizing Ontario’s Short Line Potential

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Oxford County's Strategic Plan sets out a commitment to advocate for appropriate federal and provincial support, programming and financial initiatives to strengthen the movement of people and goods to, from and through the County.

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