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  • Ronald Dawson
    Some good news from Saskatchewan. Dawson From http://www.trainnews.com/ SASKATCHEWAN GOVERNMENT: Saskatchewan calls for open access to rails October 26,
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      Some good news from Saskatchewan. Dawson
      From http://www.trainnews.com/

      SASKATCHEWAN GOVERNMENT: Saskatchewan calls for open access to rails
      October 26, 2000

      The Government of Saskatchewan wants open access in the rail industry as a
      way to reduce shipping costs for farmers and other shippers. The province
      made the recommendation in a submission to the Canada Transportation Act
      (CTA) Review Panel.

      Open access permits any rail company to operate on any other rail company's
      lines in exchange for fair compensation.

      "The main thrust of the Saskatchewan submission to the federal government is
      a planned and progressive transition to open access in the rail industry,"
      Highways and Transportation Minister Maynard Sonntag said. "Open access will
      save all shippers money on shipping costs. It's an idea whose time has
      come."

      Saskatchewan recommends that over the next several years, the federal
      government should:

      provide information on the level of compensation and fair rate of return for
      use of the rail infrastructure;
      allow any person to apply for running rights (the right to run a train on
      another company's rail lines), unless the owner can prove it would be
      detrimental to the public interest; and
      provide access to dispute resolution mechanisms for rail companies
      exercising joint running rights.

      "There is a need to move quickly to put into place interim measures that
      allow new entrants to the railway business an immediate opportunity to start
      operations," Sonntag said. "The CTA deregulated major sectors of the
      transportation industry, including railways. The railways made changes to
      better serve their own bottom lines and not necessarily to provide
      efficient, effective service."

      The Review Panel will make its interim recommendations on rail competition
      issues to the federal government on Saskatchewan's submission, and those of
      other provinces and interested parties, by Dec. 31, 2000.
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