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.
All Aboard to save ACR passenger service
The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) announces All Aboard!
To save ACR Passenger Train. This is a series of 3 Town Hall
Meetings/Media Events with a train trip on the ACR between the Wawa and
Guest speaker, Harry Gow, transportation expert and founding president
of Transport Action Canada, will be able to enlighten us about efforts
elsewhere in the country to stop rail cuts.
The three meeting events will take place as follows:
Wed 19 February 2014 Sault Ste. Marie Town Hall Meeting
at 7:30 pm in the Civic Centre
Thu 20 February 2014 Wawa Town Hall Meeting at 10:00 am,
Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre
Thu 20 February 2014 Hearst Town Hall Meeting at 8:00 pm
in the Companion Hotel
Following the Sault Ste. Marie meeting, the next morning (Thursday) the
guest speaker and CAPT supporters will drive to Wawa. Following the Wawa
meeting a delegation will have lunch at the Big Bear Restaurant in Hawk
Junction and board the train to Hearst for the 8:00 pm meeting there.
On the morning of Friday 21 February the delegation will return by train.
All are invited to join us for any of the meetings and for the train
trips on the 20th and 21st. We extend a particular invitation to the
media to be present for this series of meetings and train trips.
See the press release
for full details.
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
2013 Annual General Meeting - Montreal
You are invited to the Annual General Meeting of Transport Action Canada.
The meeting will be held at the École de Technologie
supérieure (ETS), Montréal, Sunday 28 April,
starting at 1 pm. The address of the ETS is 1100 Notre Dame Street W.,
Montréal. This is three blocks south of Bonaventure Métro
station. The featured (bilingual) speaker will be Mr. Dominique Lemay of
the Société de Transport de Montréal who will
present Azure, the new métro train for Montréal.
For further information email
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 July 2014) are:
Five Core Questions on Rail Safety (July 2014)
Connecting Sustainable Transport and Municipal Tax Fairness through the
Employment Requisite Fee
Also see his other recent papers:
Practices Framework Needed for Sustainable Transit in Ottawa
(originally published October 2006)
Task Force: Reports in Progress
(28 January 2013)
Transportation Question Begs
for an Answer: What's Behind the Nonsense about Traffic Gridlock in Canada?
(11 January 2013)
What's Behind the
Nonsense About Traffic Gridlock in Canada?
Two Questions that
"Test" Passenger Rail Service Decisions Anywhere in Canada
(from the National Dream Renewed Town Hall Meeting,
Sault Ste Marie, November 2012)
Tracking the Motives Behind
the Phony War on "Traffic Gridlock" (25 October 2012)
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)
Headlines from the latest Transport Action Hotline,
26 July 2012:
- 1 - Harold Nicholson, National Dream Renewed
- 2 - More stories
- 3 - Calendar
Introducing: the National Dream Renewed campaign|
Mission: Building support for Via Rail Canada and passenger rail service
(including the Ontario Northland Railway).
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