This week the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, hosted a roundtable discussion to provide grain producers, shippers, and railways an opportunity to share information, to address challenges specific to grain transportation, and support the implementation of new measures that will help advance common goals.
Topics covered included:
- the Transportation Modernization Act, which provides a strengthened suite of freight rail measures for all shippers, including the ability to seek reciprocal financial penalties in service agreements with railways;
- new data provisions that will significantly improve transparency across the freight rail system and provide insight into railway service and performance;
- the importance of sharing information, particularly in the context of forecasting and planning; and,
- the movement of all traffic during winter weather conditions.