Consultant selected for review of rail freight service

    OTTAWA, Aug. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities today announced the selection of
QGI to conduct the first two projects for the rail freight service review,
following a request for proposals (RFP) issued July 24, 2008.
    QGI is a consulting company from Edmonton, Alberta, that offers a range
of consulting and technology services to private sector and government
clients. It is a sister company of Quorum Corporation, which is under contract
to the federal government as the Grain Monitor.
    "QGI's understanding of the government's requirements for the project,
their approach and methodology, and their capacity to manage the project will
greatly benefit the review," said Minister Cannon.
    The rail freight review will be conducted in two stages and may take up
to 18 months to complete. The first stage, which is now underway, will consist
of research related to the rail-based logistics system. The second stage will
be led by a panel of three eminent persons who will develop recommendations
and consult with interested parties before submitting a report to the
    The objectives of the first project under this contract are to develop a
better understanding of the rail transportation logistics chain and to
identify problems and issues in order to assist the review panel in developing
recommendations. This will include descriptions of key elements of the
logistics chain and a quantitative analysis of the railways' ability to
fulfill shipping orders and to provide consistent transit times in moving
traffic from origin to destination.
    The second project will provide a narrative description of the rail-based
logistics system and identify operating practices of the railways,
shippers/receivers, terminal operators, and shipping lines that adversely
impact service, system efficiencies, and capacity. The project will also
identify best operating practices of all parties for possible extension to
other parts of the system. The analysis will help the review panel to
understand how the system works and identify problems as well as potential
solutions. It will focus on operating practices related to rail freight
movements in the major corridors to and from Canada's main ports and border
crossings, including operating practices at rail terminals and ports.
    An efficient rail freight service is one of the backbones of a strong
economy and a crucial component for domestic and international trade. Through
the rail freight service review, the government is committed to ensuring that
Canada's rail system is world-class.
    Following the contract award, QGI will have a kick-off meeting with
officials and begin its work in the upcoming weeks. It will likely take six to
eight months to complete the two projects.
    Transport Canada invites interested parties to submit written comments
related to rail service issues and the review at

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