Canadian Transportation Agency and the US Surface Transportation Board sign MOU on Information Sharing
GATINEAU, Quebec, December 9, 2016 – Scott Streiner, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) and Daniel Elliott, Chairman of the United States Surface Transportation Board (STB), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing their organizations to share information and best practices related to the discharge of their adjudicative and regulatory mandates, and developments in rail transportation.
The MOU reflects the integrated nature of the North American freight rail system and serves as a foundation for ongoing Agency and STB engagement and information exchanges.
The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal and regulator with the powers of a superior court. The Agency has three core mandates: keeping the national transportation system running efficiently and smoothly, protecting the human right of persons with disabilities to an accessible transportation network and providing consumer protection for air passengers. To help advance these mandates, the Agency makes ground rules that establish the rights and responsibilities of transportation service providers and users and level the playing field among competitors. It also resolves disputes using a range of tools from facilitation and mediation to arbitration and adjudication and ensures that transportation providers and users are aware of their rights and responsibilities and how the Agency can help them.
The Surface Transportation Board is an independent adjudicatory and economic regulatory agency with economic regulatory oversight of freight railroads, including rates; service; construction, acquisition and abandonment of rail lines; carrier mergers; the interchange of traffic among railroads; and certain oversight of passenger rail carriers, bus companies, and water carriers in the non-contiguous domestic trade.
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