Mixed Freight / Passenger Service
CCC is excited to share our vision for the Ring of Fire railroad. Our plan is to introduce a mixed train that will have freight cars and passenger cars. The Ontario Northland Railway has a socially-responsible model to service Moosonee and we plan to utilize the same model. Imagine the ability to move groceries into the communities on or near the railroad – additional choices, and the cost savings for the residents would be a welcomed relief from the prices they have to pay today. The ability for our northern residents to have reliable, all-weather travel on a passenger train – and with good planning and partnerships, the passenger network would not end at Nakina. Tourism could be enhanced – in a controlled way – to grow fishing and hunting lodges owned and operated by our First Nations partners. The railroad will provide tremendous opportunities for all.
Railroad jobs are stable, well-paying jobs and very rewarding. Ranging from locomotive engineers to conductors to track maintainers to mechanics to welders, there will be many new jobs for our First Nations’ residents. There will be a multitude of construction jobs when the railroad is being built. Learning how to railroad in the North opens up the world of opportunities for those that wish to expand their horizons. Our commitment to training will guarantee that our First Nations members will become part of the CCC family!
Drive research and adoption of promising new technologies.
Investment in basic and industry-specific research, coupled with the right policies and incentives, will spur innovation to reduce emissions.
- Embrace partnership between government and the private sector and increase funding for ongoing research on alternative fuels and advanced battery storage.
- Expand and support the use of carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) through market development programs and tax incentives.
- Provide operational and regulatory flexibilities so industry can test and deploy new technologies.
Allow partnerships between railroads and industry to advance sector-specific progress.
The rail industry has its own unique advantages and challenges in reducing its impact on the environment.
- Ensure railroads can invest in maintaining and sustaining their infrastructure by preserving the current balanced economic regulatory system.
- Allow innovation to guide GHG reductions and avoid prescriptive means for reducing emissions by certain industries — particularly those that have proven untenable, such as catenary electrification of the freight rail network.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) **According to the Texas Transportation institutes 2019 Urban Mobility Report. highway congestion cost Americans $165 billion in wasted time (8,8 billion hours) and wasted fuel (3.3 billion gallons) in 2017.