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: Also, please note our updated contact information.

Transport Action comments on SMS and rail safety
Transport Action Canada's submission to the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) concerning Safety Management Systems (SMS) (October 2015)
The VIA 1-4-10 Plan
Transport Action's report on The VIA 1-4-10 Plan is now available.
July 2015 Newsletter
Transport Action's July 2015 newsletter is now available online.
CAPT Update - May 2015
The 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).

UPDATE: Obituary, including details of a service celbrating his life scheduled for 30 May 2015 in Ottawa

VTPI update
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 for more details about VTPI's work.

March 2015 Newsletter
Transport Action's 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 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.

2014 Newsletters
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 ( press release)

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 (July 2014)

Best 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 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)

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:

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