Guidelines Respecting Net Salvage Value Determination Applications

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The Canadian Transportation Agency is responsible for developing and administering regulatory and non-regulatory approaches (including guidelines and codes or practice) for a wide range of matters involving federally-regulated rail transportation.

The Agency is committed to ensuring that its regulatory and non-regulatory approaches and their administration are up-to-date, well understood, and delivered effectively and efficiently.

To this end, the Agency is now soliciting comments on the Draft Guidelines Respecting Net Salvage Value Determination Applications with regard to railway lines. Under certain circumstances, the net salvage value (NSV) of the assets comprising a railway line under federal jurisdiction, as determined by the Agency, is a factor in the transfer and discontinuance of that railway line.   

The Guidelines are intended to inform and assist parties who are, or could become, involved in a NSV application, namely:

  • federal railway companies;
  • parties interested in entering into commercial negotiations with a federal railway company for the acquisition for continued operations of a railway line undergoing discontinuance; and,
  • federal, provincial, district or municipal governments and urban transit authorities seeking to acquire from a federal railway company a railway line, or certain sidings or spurs, undergoing discontinuance.

Targeted stakeholders have been invited to provide comments on the functionality and completeness of these proposed Guidelines.  To obtain a copy of the draft Guidelines, please e-mail 

Once consultations close on February 29, 2012, the Canadian Transportation Agency will finalize and post on its Web site the new Guidelines Respecting Net Salvage Value Determination Applications.

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