Canadian Transportation Research Forum

Canadian Transportation Research Forum

October 24, 2007 09:59 ET

The Uneasy Road Ahead: Moving Freight in North America

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2007) - The Uneasy Road Ahead: Moving Freight in North America Canadian and U.S. governments are investing heavily in infrastructure programs and promoting policies to enhance transportation efficiency. However, many would argue that we need to do even better, especially when it comes to moving the freight that businesses and consumers depend on.

Industry representatives will join with government and academic experts to discuss this challenge of moving freight in North America. With participation from all three NAFTA nations, this one day conference, Friday Oct. 26th, 2007 at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 150, Albert Street, is organized by the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF) and the Ottawa Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

This forum features panelists from each NAFTA country under the themes of i) national infrastructure programs ii) border trade, security and transportation regulation and iii) industry response. Noted Canadian logistics experts such as Dr. Barry Prentice will engage representatives from The American Association of Railroads, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, The Canadian Trucking Alliance, Texas Transportation Institute, and Transport Canada.

Innovative ideas are needed to address the critical issues explored in this forum. Rather than having a patchwork of regulations for trucking, why can't we adopt a single North American market? In transportation, some would argue that we haven't gone far enough in terms of the promise of integration related to NAFTA. Others debate the efficiency and environmental payoff of greater investment in rail, reacting to the potential of public investment in largely private operations.

CTRF and CILT are professional non-profit organizations with decades of service to the Canadian transportation and logistics scene.

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