SOME CENTRAL ISSUES OF INTERCITY PASSENGER AND FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION IN CANADA

This report discusses the general theme of transportation financing and the more specific problems of intercity passenger transportation and freight transportation. The present state of transportation in Canada reflects the inequitable financing of the modes through direct and indirect subsidies, rate controls, differences in depreciation allowances and in the level of R & D funding. There is a need to develop a consistent transportation financing and pricing policy, to prevent maintenance of obsolete systems and to guide future development towards more desirable objectives. In the passenger sector, the most obsolete system (rail) is the most heavily subsidized. Passenger rail is totally uncompetitive vis-a-vis auto and bus. It is suggested that 85% of the rail services be discontinued, since they are or could be duplicated by bus. The effectiveness of the freight rates as the major instrument in controlling regional development is examined, with particular reference to the statutory grain rates. The feasibility of railway electrification is considered and it is concluded that electrification of high density lines is justified economically in the long term, but that it will not take place without significant financial participation by the government.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Preprint for Annual Conference, Toronto, May 18-19, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Engineering Institute of Canada

    700 EIC Building, 2050 Mansfield Street
    Montreal 110, PQ  Canada 
  • Authors:
    • LUKASIEWICZ, J
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  • Accession Number: 00183682
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Preprint
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1978 12:00AM