The Minister of State (Transport) has appointed a panel to conduct Phase II of the rail freight service review. The review is examining Canada’s rail-based logistics system (including shippers, terminal operators, ports and vessels), focusing on service provided to Canadian importers and exporters.

The panel will propose recommendations to address problems and issues related to service within the rail-based logistics system. The recommendations will be based on the results of analytical work conducted under Phase I and consultations with stakeholders. The recommendations may include both commercial and, if necessary, regulatory solutions aimed at improving the efficiency, effectiveness and reliability of rail service to facilitate growth and to improve accountability.

The panel will develop recommendations and submit a final report to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities sometime in 2010.