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An Economic & Regulatory Framework for Rail Competitiveness

In the fall of 2002, Alberta Infrastructure/Transportation (formerly Alberta Transportation) commissioned to produce a report. Alberta Infrastructure/Transportation called for reflective, critical and innovative thinking in the area of rail freight transport and encouraged new conceptual approaches to the legal and economic considerations facing decision-makers in Canada. The starting point was the recognition that effective regulatory reform is important to economic growth, job creation, innovation, investment and choice. A competitive framework for Canadas rail industry must reconcile two conflicting interests. Shippers, facing intense global competitive pressures with falling or, at best, stagnant prices, need reliable services and rates which allow them to maintain a competitive market position. Railways, as capital-intensive businesses, need reliable revenue bases to support their required capital investments and traffic to build densities on their lines.

An Economic & Regulatory Framework for Rail Competitiveness (pdf 1.12MB)

Readers are encouraged to contact Alberta Infrastructure/Transportation with their questions or comments:

Alan Windhorst
Manager, Rail/Intermodal & Marine
Freight Transportation & Trade
Tel: (780) 415-8937
Fax: (780) 422-1070
E-mail [email protected]

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