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Highway Or The Railway For Freight?

By Greg MacLeod

Nova Scotia spends over $ 200 million on highways every year. Engineers estimate that a fully loaded truck trailer causes more damage to a highway than 5,000 cars

Safety: material that was carried by 500+ rail cars will be traveling by tracer trailers- the discontinuation of rail will add approximately 2,380 heavy truck onto our highways

Energy efficiency: on average a freight train can move 1 ton of freight about 484 miles on just one gallon of fuel. Comparable data for truck transport suggest that trucks move 1 ton of freight 155 miles on one gallon of fuel

Cost effective: cheaper than other modes of transportation

Environment Impacts: rail is the most efficient, safe and secure mode of ground transportation that moves Canadian goods

Businesses under threat if we lose the railroad

Over 13 rail users with over $62 million in annual sales could be forced to close down

Job losses- 500 estimated combined direct, indirect and induced employment dependant on rail
We would lose $7.5 million in direct payroll

A weakened economy- $13.5 million in direct impact on economy through business operations with an additional $31.1 million in direct and indirect impact

Worst of all- The lack of rail eliminates opportunities for the creation of new businesses

How should freight be transported? Rail or Highway?

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Our Mission Is Fourfold:

  1. Explore various options for continuation of the rail service to Sydney, Cape Breton
  2. Demonstrate the vital importance regionally in order to support the continuation of the rail link to Sydney, Cape Breton
  3. Support efforts to ensure continuation of the rail link to Sydney, Cape Breton
  4. Secure in perpetuity the right of way of the line

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