Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Blockade Leads to Cancellation of Amtrak to Canada

February 18, 2020

A blockade of Canadian National tracks in Canada disrupted last weekend Amtrak service to that country.

Amtrak’s Maple Leaf, which ordinarily operates between New York and Toronto, was halted at Niagara Falls, New York.

The New York-Montreal Adirondack did not operate north of Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

Also affected was Cascades Service in the Pacific Northwest although some trains did operate all the way to Vancouver, British Columbia.

The blockades, which have lasted more than a week, are being staged to protest construction of a natural-gas pipeline that crosses Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia and is opposed by the First Nation’s hereditary chiefs.

CN has shut down freight service in eastern Canada after blockades sprang up in that region.

VIA Rail Canada has also canceled most of its services within Canada.

CN Locomotives Honor Canada’s Indigenous People

July 18, 2018

Canadian National ES44AC No. 3806 is carrying a logo on its nose that shows a circular shield logo that is of symbolic value to Canada’s Indigenous people.

CN Spokesperson Patrick Waldron said the shield was designed by students in the University of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Studies program.

The tribute is designed to celebrate CN’s ties to Aboriginal communities across its network.

Waldron said 200 new GE locomotives will feature the logo.

CN operates within or adjacent to more than 100 different Aboriginal communities.

VIA Ridership Up 10.5% in 2017

May 10, 2018

Ridership during 2017 of VIA Rail Canada was up 10.5 percent to 4.4 million, which the carrier said was its greatest single-year growth in a decade.

VIA also reported that revenue was up 12.8 percent to $365.7 million, led by growth in the Quebec City-Windsor, Ontario, corridor, where 4.1 million passengers rode the trains.

Noting that last year was a record-breaking year, VIA Rail President and CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano said, “We expect no less of 2018 as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of VIA Rail as a Crown Corporation dedicated to passenger rail service. We are working on projects that will enable to make a greater contribution to Canada’s economic, social, and environmental progress through efficient, accessible, affordable, and even more sustainable intercity passenger transport.”

Indiana, Quebec Port Authorities Form Marketing Partnership to Identify Potential New Markets

October 18, 2016

The Ports of Indiana and a port agency in Canada have formed a marketing partnership that will study the potential for new markets.

Ports of IndianaThe agreement with the Port of Troise-Rivieres in Quebec will seek to identify supply-chain connections between their facilities, port officials said in a news release.

The port authorities said the latest initiative is an extension of a partnership that Indiana and Quebec formed in 2015.

“Our ports share an entrepreneurial approach to new business development and a determined focus for providing logistics solutions for bulk and break-bulk shipments on our waterways,” said Ports of Indiana Chief Executive Officer Rich Cooper.

Located on the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City the Port of Troise-Rivieres is open year-round to ocean vessels.

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor provides multimodal connections to the Chicago and Northwest Indiana markets as well as offering year-round shipments via the 12,500-mile inland river system that connects to 20 states and the Gulf of Mexico.

VIA to Get Little New Funding in 2016 Budget

March 24, 2016

The Canadian government has allocated C$3.4 billion (US$2.6 billion) for public transit system improvements across Canada over the next three years, but has earmarked few additional new funds for VIA Rail Canada.

The government said it would provide VIA with C$3.3 million for a study of the passenger railroad’s proposed upgrades in the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal corridor.

The intercity passenger carrier has proposed providing high-frequency services by electric-powered trains.

VIA Rail CanadaAnother C$7.7 million is slated to be given to VIA to fund “pre-procurement activities” for new rolling stock, grade crossing safety enhancements and station security; and $C34 million to modernize stations and maintenance facilities.

Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the additional funding for public transportation will satisfy the need for “immediate investment” in public transport.

The government plans to pay up to 50 percent of eligible costs, with funding allocated to municipalities based on the provincial share of national transit ridership.

Therefore Ontario will be eligible for up to C$1.48 billion from a new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund because it has 44 percent of Canada’s ridership.

The funding can be used for such things as infrastructure upgrades on the Montreal metro, new subway cars and streetcars for the Toronto Transit Commission, and accelerating design and implementation of major projects.