Media Advisory: Meeting of the Canadian Transportation Agency and the US Surface Transportation Board

July 11, 2016

GATINEAU, Quebec - Today, Scott Streiner, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency hosted Daniel Elliott, Chairman of the United States Surface Transportation Board, to discuss opportunities for their agencies to work together and to share information and best practices in areas of mutual interest. 

At the meeting, it was agreed that a Memorandum of Understanding would be developed to support ongoing exchanges and collaboration between the agencies. The agreement would see the agencies share information on their respective regulatory requirements, oversight processes, guidelines and best practices, and developments in rail transportation.

Chairmen Streiner and Elliott recognized the importance of engagement and information-sharing to support the development of each agency's approaches, particularly given the integrated nature of the North American freight rail system.

The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal and regulator with the powers of a superior court. It makes decisions on a wide range of matters involving federally-regulated modes of transportation (air, rail, marine, and, for purposes of accessibility, extra-provincial bus). Along with its roles as a regulator and an aeronautical authority, the Agency works to facilitate accessible transportation, and serves as a dispute resolution authority over certain transportation rate and service complaints. The Agency supports the goal of a competitive and accessible national transportation system that fulfills the needs of Canadians and the Canadian economy.  www.otc-cta.gc.ca

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.  www.stb.dot.gov

For more information:

Media Relations
Canadian Transportation Agency
819-934-3448

media@otc-cta.gc.ca

Twitter: @OTC_gc / @CTA_gc

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