Industry Responds to Report On Railway Safety Act Review

    OTTAWA, March 7 /CNW/ - Cliff Mackay, President and CEO of the Railway
Association of Canada said Canada's railways were active participants in the
Railway Safety Act review process and they look forward to further,
constructive dialogue on railway safety now that the Minister has released the
Panel's recommendations.
    "The RAC will work with government and other stakeholders to help make
the industry's good safety record better," said Mr. Mackay. He thanked the
panel members, their staff and advisers for their efforts to deliver their
report to the Minister in such a timely manner on how the Act can be improved
and better managed.
    "Canada's railways, as world leaders in safety, always put safety first,"
said Mr. Mackay. "The industry continues to make improvements in safety and
productivity while handling more business, reducing highway congestion and
introducing new technology and processes."
    Canada's 55 freight and passenger railways operate an average of
775 trains a day. They transport more than 355 billion revenue
tonne-kilometres of freight - two-thirds of surface freight moved in Canada
annually -- carry 65 million commuters and inter-city passengers and generate
only three per cent of transport's greenhouse gas emissions.

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