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Policy decisions are key determinant for more sustainable transport
International Transport Forum
The volume of global transport could double or even quadruple by 2050, according to a new study released by the International Transport Forum, an intergovernmental organisation with 54 member states associated with the OECD.
GDP growth, freight intensity of economic activity and demographic change are important drivers of this growth. But key determinants for the level of future increases are policy choices, according to the ITF Transport Outlook, an annual report containing long-run scenarios for global transport activity and related CO2 emissions.
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Ottawa to designate crude oil as highly dangerous
The Globe and Mail
The federal government will, for the first time, designate crude oil a highly dangerous substance and introduce tougher safety and testing measures for shipping oil by rail, said Transport Minister Lisa Raitt.
The fundamental shift, in response to mounting concerns about crude safety, comes after a Globe investigation detailed how the oil that exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, was far more dangerous than regulators and shippers considered. The investigation found that numerous warning signs about the volatility, corrosiveness and content of the crude were ignored before the disaster.
Walmart eyes supercube reefer
The supercube project has been a complete success.
That's the opinion of Walmart Canada senior executives in charge of developing the 60-foot-6-inch drop-deck trailer and the flat-nosed tractor with a cargo-carrying drome box.
"We're obviously very pleased with the overall concept. What started with a very simple idea has turned into something very, very physical that has a presence," said Andy Ellis, executive vice president, supply chain and logistics.
Canada Post ending door-to-door delivery
E-commerce is just one of the reasons Canada Post is citing as a reason to end residential door-to-door delivery and replacing it with community mailboxes.
"While Canadians are communicating and shopping more online, they often aren't home during the day to check their mailboxes for sensitive items that are increasingly sent through the mail, such as identification, credit cards or prescriptions," writes the crown corporation in a its "Five-Point Action Plan: Ready for the Future.”
Editorial: It was a truck
If you got it, most likely a truck brought it. Again. The latest Commodity Flow Survey from the federal government — a twice-a-decade undertaking — reiterates what most of us already know: That trucking moves America.
According to the new study, the U.S. economy generated $13.6 trillion worth of goods shipments during 2012, weighing a total of 11.7 billion tons.
Canada envoy sees rail growth as answer to Keystone foes
Canada's U.S. ambassador said the fact that rail lines are carrying more heavy crude from the Alberta oil sands than before should prompt President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
"The facts basically speak for themselves," Gary Doer said in an interview at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Pipelines are safer, cheaper and release less carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, than rail does, Doer said.
Does Canada's tech future ride on rails?
The Huffington Post
When Steve Woods got a call from a high-profile Silicon Valley venture capitalist, he really wanted to help the guy out. Woods was flying into Toronto to take care of some business and was hoping to shoot out to Kitchener-Waterloo for a few meetings while he was in town.
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CN under and CP over western grain revenue caps for crop year 2012-2013
The Canadian Transportation Agency issued Decision No. 461-R-2013 ruling that the revenues of the Canadian National Railway Company are under its maximum revenue entitlement and that the Canadian Pacific Railway Company has exceeded its revenue cap for crop year 2012-2013.
In the 2012-2013 crop year, just over 32.4 million tonnes of western grain were moved, which is 2 percent lower than the volume moved during the previous crop year. As well, the average length of haul of 944 miles was 8 miles, or 0.8 percent lower than the previous crop year.
- CN's grain revenue of $556,589,140 was $6,346,256 below its revenue cap of $562,935,396.
- CP's grain revenue of $ 544,222,877 was $177,961 above its revenue cap of $544,044,916.
76 years after the Hindenburg, can airships make an industrial comeback?
Why are airships the dream that never die?
After three-quarters of a century of neglect, only a few dozen airships remain in the world. But if two companies succeed, that number will soon double, and airships will be hauling hundreds of tons of cargo from the Arctic to the Amazon.
2013 ICAO Air Transport results confirm robust passenger demand, sluggish cargo market
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
Preliminary figures released by the International Civil Aviation Organization confirmed that some 3.1 billion passengers made use of the global air transport network for their business and tourism needs in 2013. The annual passenger total is up approximately 5 percent compared to 2012 and is expected to reach over 6.4 billion by 2030, based on current projections. The number of aircraft departures reached 33 million globally during 2013, establishing a new record and surpassing the 2012 departure figure by more than one million flights. ICAO also confirmed that scheduled passenger traffic grew at a rate of 5.2 percent in 2013 (expressed in terms of revenue passenger-kilometres or RPKs), slightly above the UN body's July 2013 projections.
ICAO attributed the recent upswing to positive economic results globally and improved business and consumer confidence during 2013 in several major economies. Emerging economies grew more slowly than expected.
Regional performance — The Asia/Pacific region remains the world's largest air transport market based on the 2013 figures, with a 31 percent share of total traffic representing an increase of 7.2 percent over 2012. Despite a better economic climate in Europe and North America, the traffic of the European and North American airlines increased less than the world average, growing at 3.8 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively. The Middle East remains the fastest growing air transport market in the world, with its traffic expanding over 2013 at a rate of 11.2 percent compared to 2012, accounting for 9 percent of global RPKs.
Air cargo — On the air cargo side, traffic expressed in freight tonne-kilometres saw an increase of about 1 percent, or approximately 51 million tonnes of freight carried. Asia/Pacific airlines had the largest share of global FTKs, but saw a contraction in overall freight volume similar to what was experienced by North American carriers. The Middle East remained the region with the fastest air cargo traffic growth in 2013 compared to 2012, accounting for 12 percent of global FTKs.
Industry trends — The world's major aircraft manufacturers are expected to have delivered more than 1,500 new commercial aircraft by the end of 2013 and have recorded orders for an impressive 2,800 new aircraft. Together with more efficient processes now being implemented by airline and airport operators, as well as improved flow management and performance-based air navigation, these environmentally-friendly aircraft will contribute positively to continued and sustainable air transport development.
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