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Bill C-49 expected to help clear freight rail delays, say stakeholders

By Emily Haws      

Seen as an overhaul of the Transportation Act as well as others, the bill will also introduce a passenger bill of rights in the air transportation industry and allow port authorities to borrow from the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Transportation Minister Marc Garneau, pictured here in November 2017, is the sponsor of C-49, which looks to overhaul numerous regulations affecting Canada's transportation industry. The bill is currently being studied in the Senate. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Bill C-49 may be best known among the broader public for introducing the much-hyped air travellers’ passenger rights bill, but provisions in the sweeping legislation on freight rail are expected to help level the playing field between railway companies and those that use them to ship products.

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