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June 13, 2018
Freight railways: Steel Corridors of Opportunity

Maximizing the benefits of southwestern Ontario’s freight railways

Steel Corridors

As vital components of southwestern Ontario’s multi-modal transportation system, freight railways are not being managed to their full potential to the detriment of the region’s economic and environmental competitiveness.

Steel Corridors of Opportunity: Maximizing the Benefits of Southwestern Ontario’s Freight Railways, a County report authored by Greg Gormick of OnTrack Strategies, was presented to County Council on June 13, 2018, with a recommendation to bring together a Southwestern Ontario Rail Corridor Coalition made up of government and rail industry stakeholders.

Download the full Steel Corridors of Opportunity: Maximizing the Benefits of Southwestern Ontario's Freight Railways report, or view it by section:

Front Cover
Table of Contents
Executive Summary
1.0 The Evolving Railway
2.0 Rail's Next Evolutionary Cycle
3.0 Southwestern Ontario's Rail Traffic Growth Options
4.0 Recommendations

Oxford County continues to advocate for strong transportation links that ensure the economic sustainability of the region. For more information about the County's position on high-performance rail versus high-speed rail, visit our newsroom: Southwestern Ontario deserves a high-speed rail EA that considers all options

Other reports on Southwestern Ontario's regional transportation strategy include a 2016 report on “new directions” for public transportation and a 2017 report on the viability of short line railways.

Question or comment about regional transportation?

Oxford County's Strategic Plan sets out a commitment to being well connected through transportation networks, community access and connectivity. The Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan further sets out a target to "develop accessible intercommunity transportation options."

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