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Transportation Modernization Act addresses concerns on grain transportation in Canada

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) has welcomed the long-awaited Transportation Modernization Act tabled in parliament by the Minister of Transport Marc Garneau. The Act seeks to improve access, transparency, efficiency, and sustainable long-term investment in the freight rail sector.

Many of the recommendations put forth by CFA and regional partners during consultations have been included in the new legislation. As the 2017 crop season approaches, grain farmers will be relieved to see that the Maximum Revenue Entitlement (MRE) program will be maintained and modernized and that longer inter-switching, to foster competition, will now be implemented permanently.

The CFA believes the new legislation will create a rail transportation environment that is more conducive to efficiency, with improved service, competitive rates, and transparency, as well as more accessible data that will allow for proactive management of unexpected events or surges of demand for freight.