USDA Grain Transportation Report (5/26): Canada Proposes to Reduce Data Collected From Railroads

Transport Canada — the department within the Canadian government charged with developing transportation policies — proposed on May 6 to modify the data it collects from Class I railroads.

Currently, Transport Canada collects rail service data resembling that of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) — such as train speeds by train type, terminal dwell times, and origin dwell times.

The Canadian agency also collects waybill data.

The proposed rule would require the six major Class I railroads to provide additional service data, including first-mile/last-mile performance, route performance, and asset utilization.

The proposal also would align the scope of the service and waybill data collected from railroads to the size of their operations in Canada (i.e., smaller Class I railroads in Canada would have reduced reporting requirements).

The proposed changes are open to a 60-day public consultation period.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) May 26, 2022, Grain Transportation Report.