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Canadian railway association releases annual publication on freight-, passenger-rail statistics


The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) recently released “2006 Railway Trends,” a publication containing freight and passenger railroad data.

Available as a free download on RAC’s Web site (www.railcan.ca), the publication serves as an annual report card for Canada’s railroads and provides a rolling 10-year review of statistics, including freight workload, passenger-rail ridership, and financial and safety data.

In 2005, Canadian freight railroads set a workload record at 241.7 billion revenue ton miles and passenger railroads carried an all-time-high 63 million riders — including the most intercity passengers in a decade, according to Railway Trends. Ton miles increased 2.8 percent, intercity ridership rose 3.4 percent and commuter-rail ridership went up 6.1 percent compared with 2004.

In addition, the publication shows freight railroads’ train accidents per billion gross ton miles dropped from 3.5 in 2004 to 3.1 in 2005 and the roads last year moved a ton of freight 523 miles per gallon of diesel — 93 miles further per gallon than in 1995.