CROWSNEST PASS GRAIN RATES: TIME FOR A CHANGE?

The Crowsnest Pass rates, set by statute in 1925 at 0.5 cents per mile and still at that level, apply on grain products moving from Canada's Prairie region to the East and on virtually all export grain traffic. The original agreement dates from 1899. Since the 1960s there has been a subsidy to railroads, although not specifically to cover losses incurred by maintaining grain rates at low levels as a matter of national policy. Statuatory grain rates have had major effects on transportation, agriculture and regional development. While the Crowsnest rates subsidize export grain, this is not the only or best means for maintaining an international competitive position. The author suggests the public allow investigation of true economic costs and railroads make their real costs more accessible to unbiased study.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper is from the Proceedings of the 16th Annual Joint Meeting of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum and the Transportation Research Forum, 3-5 November 1975, Toronto, Canada. Complete Volume $20.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Cross (Richard B) Company

    Oxford, Indiana,   USA  47971
  • Authors:
    • Nachtigall, C D
    • Skinner, G F
    • TYRCHNIEWICZ, E W
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00127728
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 16 1975 12:00AM