The Views and Interpretations of Transportation Policy Experts: What’s Next for Transportation Policy?

The Conference Board of Canada, 10 pages, March 11, 2014
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This briefing—based on presentations and discussions that took place at a meeting of The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Transportation Infrastructure—discusses current research gaps in transportation policy that could be considered for the next review of the Canada Transportation Act, set to begin in 2015.

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The Canada Transportation Act is up for review, beginning in 2015. This review will provide an opportunity for wide-ranging discussion and research on transportation issues and priorities.

The last comprehensive review, in 2001, led to recommendations on railway competition, air passenger transportation, the governance of ports and airports, the pricing of road and transportation infrastructure, and urban transit subsidies.

Potential issues for the next review include: user pay models for roads and other infrastructure; supply chains for the movement of both passengers and goods; the role of competition; the impact of changing technologies and growing data availability; the implications of an aging society; and the growing role of public–private partnerships in prioritizing and driving a life cycle view of transportation infrastructure investments.

This briefing provides information for policy-makers and researchers interested in transportation policy, to help inform upcoming discussions.

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