Domestic Intermodal Service in Ontario and Quebec

There has been much discussion in recent years concerning intermodal transportation in the context of movement of domestic freight within the Quebec-Ontario corridor. Within this context, the relationship of the various parties involved in intermodal transportation has been evolving. Traditional piggyback operations were largely supplanted, at least for railway retail customers, with container operations. Also, the railways were percieved as not being competitive with direct truck within the corridor. The present study was commisioned by the Railway Association of Canada, the Québec Ministère des Transports and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to: identify the need for truck/rail intermodality from the differing perspectives of shippers, freight forwarders, railways, truckers and governments; identify ways for intermodal to work for all parties; identify bottlenecks in the system; document issues and the perspectives of various parties on them; document the price sensitivities and cost elements (including taxation) of intermodal transport and determine if the cost of intermodal transport is acceptable to shippers; document and project the technological and policy developments in intermodal transport in North America and overseas; describe two to four scenario futures for Québec and Ontario's surface intermodal freight; determine whether or not a significant shift to rail-based transport is likely and to estimate the size of the shift; and develop practical recommendations for both industry and policy makers.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Research and Traffic Group

  • Authors:
    • Tardif, LP
    • Lake, R
    • SCHWIER, C
    • ENGLISH, G
  • Publication Date: 1996


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 1 v., x+162p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01149464
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: TAC
  • Created Date: Jan 28 2010 7:21AM