CTA launches consultations on its approach to setting regulated interswitching rates

On June 20, 2019, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) launched consultations on its approach to setting regulated interswitching rates. 

The CTA is inviting key stakeholders to share their views to ensure that regulated interswitching rates are compensatory, consider the long-term investment needs of railway companies, and are commercially fair and reasonable to all parties.

In preparation for those, stakeholders can consult the discussion paper that focuses on the following key issues:

  • Developing interswitching rates for federally regulated short-line railway companies;
  • Regional and commodity specific interswitching rates;
  • Interswitching zones up to 30 km;
  • Volume discount rate categories;
  • Long-term investment needs of the railway companies (cost of capital methodology);
  • Contribution to fixed costs;
  • Productivity factors;
  • Collecting interswitching service units; and
  • Transparency of the regulated interswitching rates and methodology.

Consultation and Submission Filing Process

The CTA will be holding bilateral consultation sessions from July 12, 2019 to August 20, 2019.
Please contact Ryan.Dallaway@otc-cta.gc.ca as soon as possible, to schedule a meeting.

Please note that written submissions will be due by August 21, 2019. There will be no possibility of an extension for written submissions.

For more information, please consult the consultations page.

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