RAC launches new website showing the role of Canada’s railways in 2017 and beyond
One hundred years after the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) was created, RAC today unveiled a new website (www.railcan.ca) highlighting the Canadian rail industry’s role in safely and efficiently moving people, goods and the economy now and into the future.
“This resource is truly a one-stop shop for everything there is to know about Canada’s railways in the 21st century,” said RAC President and CEO Michael Bourque. “When people visit our website, we want them to understand the pillars of Canada’s rail business, such as our commitment to safety and sustainability, but we also want them to learn something they didn’t know before. Our association’s outreach efforts, the billions of dollars that our members invest in infrastructure, and the industry’s culture of innovation, are areas that aren’t necessarily understood by Canadians. We want to change that.”
Through a user-friendly design, the website showcases Canada’s railways – Class 1 and shortline freight carriers, and intercity, commuter and tourist passenger rail operators – as well as RAC’s services, initiatives and more. Visitors can learn basic facts about every area of Canada’s rail sector in a new section titled Railways 101, and browse helpful online resources such as the Canadian Rail Atlas all on a mobile-optimized platform.
To mark RAC’s 100th anniversary, the website features an interactive timeline documenting the critical role railways have played in Canada’s history. Using this tool, visitors can explore historical events and innovations that have made Canada’s railway industry what it is today.
“We were first established in 1917 to ensure the coordinated movement of troops and supplies during the First World War, and a century later, our purpose is equally relevant,” said Bourque. “Through our advocacy efforts, we ensure that Canada’s rail sector remains safe and efficient so that our members can enable rail customers to compete globally.”
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About the Railway Association of Canada
The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) represents more than 50 freight and passenger railway companies that move close to 82 million passengers and more than $280 billion worth of goods in Canada each year. The RAC advocates on behalf of its members and associate members to ensure that the rail sector remains globally competitive, sustainable and, most importantly, safe. Learn more at www.railcan.ca. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.