Transport Action Canada
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 Hearst meetings.

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 www.nationaldreamrenewed.com

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 ( press release)

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 info@transport-action.ca

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 (July 2014)

Also see his other recent papers:

Best Practices Framework Needed for Sustainable Transit in Ottawa (originally published October 2006)

ONR-ONTC Research 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? (December 2012)

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 Transportation Day of Geography Awareness Week, which demonstrates the many connections between geography and transportation.

Learn more about Dr. Wellar and his publications...

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 service.

Read the 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)

Low-resolution version:

Complete report (Low-resolution, 7.7MB, PDF)

Executive Summary:

Executive Summary only (3.0 MB, PDF)

Latest news
Headlines from the latest Transport Action Hotline, 26 July 2012:
  • 1 - Harold Nicholson, National Dream Renewed
  • 2 - More stories
  • 3 - Calendar

[Hotline archives]

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:

Learn more...
Suitcase 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 government regulation.
Join Transport Action as a member

Annual memberships keep you informed on the latest transport developments and issues through our Transport Action bulletin.


Bicycle Keep Transport Action Canada moving...
Donate via PayPal:

[Learn more...]