Welcome to Transport Action Canada
Transport 2000 Canada, the nation's leading citizen transportation advocacy
group, is now Transport Action Canada. The name may be new, but
our mission remains the same since our founding in 1976: to seek sound
transportation policies, practices and services which improve the quality
of life for all Canadians.
Please update your contact lists with our
new name and new website address: www.transport-action.ca.
Also, please note our updated contact information.
Transport Action urges passenger rail investment
Transport Action calls on the federal government to consider
passenger rail renewal. See
18 January 2016
40th Anniversary of Passenger advocacy group
Transport Action Canada was founded in early 1976 in Ottawa under the
name Transport 2000 Canada, uniting its efforts with those of the
Regina/Saskatchewan Rail Committee in the spring of that year.
We have recovered some texts from that era, and they will be published
in the TAC newsletter during 2016, the 40th anniversary year:
First Transport 2000 Newsletter,
The Bulletin, vol. 1, number 1, 8 October 1976
(Transport Action 30-3, July-August 2008, page 2, David Jeanes)
Transport 2000 Canada's First Publication
Recently, among old files, I came across Transport 2000’s The Bulletin,
vol 1 no 1! It was addressed to me as a member and mailed 8 October 1976
with an 8-cent stamp of Canadian and ancient Greek torchbearers and an
Anik Satellite, for the games of the XXI Olympiad in Montreal.
It began as follows:
A Word from the President
"I am pleased to contribute this short piece for our first publication,
especially as I think that we have not been able to keep in touch as much
as we should have with our members."
"This bulletin will begin to fill in that gap in communications,
and no doubt succeeding numbers will inform and delight us in no
less measure." ...
We shall publish the complete article in our newsletter TransportAction.
Harry Gow, President, Transport Action Canada
December 2015 Newsletter
December 2015 newsletter
is now available online.
VIA Rail supports COP21 climate change pledge
VIA Rail joined 65 other international railway operators to support
the International Union of Railways'
Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge in support of the recent United Nations
COP21 climate change summit in Paris.
Why VIA Rail Took the COP 21 Pledge (VIA Evolution, 4 Dec 2015)
VIA Rail pledges to take action on climate change
(news release, 30 Nov 2015)
UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux
participates in the United Nations Climate Change negotiations COP21
(UIC eNews #477, 8 December 2015)
Transport Action comments on SMS and rail safety
Transport Action Canada's submission
to the Federal Railway Administration (FRA)
concerning Safety Management Systems (SMS)
The VIA 1-4-10 Plan
Transport Action's report on
The VIA 1-4-10 Plan
is now available.
July 2015 Newsletter
July 2015 newsletter
is now available online.
CAPT Update - May 2015
Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains
has a May 2015 update
Remembering Bert Titcomb
Long-serving Transport Action volunteer Bert Titcomb, who over the years
served as national office manager, newsletter editor, and corporate
secretary, died peacefully on May 13th after suffering a heart attack on
May 3rd. Bert, who was 81 and in good health, had lived an active life,
playing tennis and exercising regularly. He leaves his wife Mariette and
three sons. As a professional engineer, Bert had personal experience in the
rail industry, working for some years at the Swiss locomotive manufacturer,
SLM. He had recently developed a new hobby of oil painting railroad subjects
and in March had joined the Ottawa Railway History Circle. He was also a
member and former secretary of the Bytown Railway Society. His last
volunteer effort for Transport Action was helping to man our booth at
the Ottawa Train Expo on April 26th and he had attended the Railway
Association of Canada's Rail-Government Interface Conference on our behalf
on February 26th.
Bert came to the Ottawa office of Transport 2000 (as it was known then)
in 1996, was corporate secretary until 2006, and newsletter editor from
1998 to 2007. He was also a member of the board of CRASH
(Canadians for Responsible and Safe Highways).
Obituary, including details of a service celbrating his life scheduled for
30 May 2015 in Ottawa
Victoria Transport Policy Institute's
Spring 2015 newsletter
is now available.
This includes new reports such as
"Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and
Subsidize Sprawl", "Twelve Reasons to Support Vancouver's Transportation Tax",
events and numerous resources for transport and planning.
See vtpi.org for more details about
March 2015 Newsletter
March 2015 newsletter
is now available online.
Annual General Meeting - 9 May 2015
Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting of Transport Action
Canada will be held at "Le Restaurant Normandin" in Charny (QC) in
the City of Lévis at 8041, avenue des Églises, at 1:00 PM on
Saturday May 9th, 2015.
The meeting agenda will be published on the website of Transport Action
Canada www.transport-action.ca and it will include the usual business
and will be preceded by lunch at 12 noon at the restaurant and will
commence with speakers: Jacques Vandersleyen, professor and (on screen)
Bruce Campbell, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives; on oil-by-rail safety. Harry Gow will chair the session
and the question period.
A programme of visits to sites of railway interest during the week-end
will be organised for those interested.
Information on accommodation will be published on the Transport Action
Canada website and other local information is available from
Mr. Louis-François Garceau of the Groupe TRAQ at
See this document for
additional information on accommodations and other background.
Here are the quarterly national newsletters as produced by Transport
Action during 2014:
National Dream Renewed update
Transport Action Canada and its regional affiliates are campaigning to stop
cuts to VIA Rail passenger train services with our National Dream Renewed
Campaign. We advocate for improved rail passenger service based on the
economic, environmental, and social benefits of the passenger train mode of
travel. Canada is out of step with other G8 nations which are expanding
and investing in passenger rail. The NDR website is
Two major studies supported by Transport Action are now available:
(13 June 2013)
A Wedding Band of Confederation:
Restoring Rail Passenger Service to Ontario's North Shore
and Across Canada
(21 January 2014)
Revitalizing New Brunswick's Rail Sector
From our Distinguished Research Fellow
Dr. Barry Wellar is Transport Action Canada's Distinguished Research Fellow.
He has provided numerous papers and presentations on transport-related
topics, especially with a geographical viewpoint.
His latest papers (as of May 2015) are:
Speed Limits and Road Safety: Examples of Questions to Ask to Ensure
the Safety of Pedestrians (May 2015)
Five Core Questions on Rail Safety (July 2014)
Also see his other recent papers:
Connecting Sustainable Transport and Municipal Tax Fairness through the
Employment Requisite Fee
Practices Framework Needed for Sustainable Transit in Ottawa
(originally published October 2006)
Follow this link to see a full
list of his papers.
Dr. Wellar is also the director of
of Geography Awareness Week, which demonstrates the many connections
between geography and transportation.
Learn more about Dr. Wellar and his
Are Trains For Canadians?
There are suggestions that Canada's national passenger train system could be
replaced by privately operated cruise trains. But cruise trains are not the
same as public passenger trains. While the private sector can be a valuable
partner in enhancing our national passenger rail system, we must beware of
any "fire sale" that would skim the most profitable business off to private
corporations and leave Canadians without affordable, year-round train
full brochure on the situation here,
contact your Members of Parliament with your concerns, and join Transport
Action to help us fight for sustainable, equitable and convenient
public transportation for Canadians.
No Little Plan: Electrifying GO Transit
TRANSPORT ACTION CANADA and the CLEAN TRAIN COALITION have jointly released a
rail electrification report for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
The report, entitled No Little Plan: Electrifying GO Transit, is
written by Greg Gormick, a leading rail transportation and transit consultant
and journalist. The report was jointly funded by the John McCullum fund of
Transport Action Canada, and by the Canadian Auto Workers. It was
commissioned to encourage the Government of Ontario to commit fully and
promptly to a regional electric rail plan.
See the full press
release (16 May 2011).
PDF versions of No Little Plan are available as follows - some of
these files are large, please review the options and file sizes
available before starting to download:
Complete report, high-resolution (LARGE FILE, 38.7 MB, PDF)
High-resolution report, as a 4-part download (when combined, will
represent the complete report):
Part1 (9,6 MB, PDF)
Part2 (11.6 MB, PDF)
Part3 (11.3 MB, PDF)
Part4 (11.2 MB, PDF)
Complete report (Low-resolution, 7.7MB, PDF)
Executive Summary only (3.0 MB, PDF)
National Dream Renewed campaign|
Mission: Building support for Via Rail Canada and passenger rail service
(including the Algoma Central and Ontario Northland Railways).
To donate to this campaign:
Transport Action Canada is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is
research, public education and consumer advocacy. It promotes
environmentally-sound transportation solutions and gets actively involved in a
wide range of issues such as: public transportation, safety, accessibility,
energy efficiency, protection of the environment, intermodal cooperation and