Railway Industry Pleased With Federal Budget

    OTTAWA, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - Canada's railways were pleased with the federal
government's budget plans Tuesday for safety enhancements, "which are always
Job One in this industry," infrastructure investment and highway-railway
crossing improvements, said Cliff Mackay, President and CEO of the Railway
Association of Canada.
    He said the initiatives are welcome and deliverable by freight and
passenger railways to customers quickly during the short term. Canada's
railways transport 75 per cent of surface freight and 68 million passengers
    "We strongly believe Ontario short line railways should qualify for new
funding under the $4 billion Economic Stimulus Fund over two years," said
Mackie. Other regional railways in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in Manitoba,
will receive new investments. Three passenger railways stations in Ontario
will be improved and Union Station, the commuter hub, will be revitalized. The
new budget will add a third railway track at key locations between Montreal,
Ottawa and Toronto that will increase capacity and make the express trip 30
minutes shorter.
    There will also be funds for rail safety initiatives and related
research, the Evergreen Transit commuter line and for a more modern railway
station in Vancouver as the city prepares to host the Olympic Winter Games.

For further information:

For further information: Roger Cameron, Railway Association of Canada,
(613) 564-8097, rogerc@railcan.ca

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