Disputes about interswitching

Types of disputes we can help with

If a railway line of one railway company connects with the railway line of another railway company, an application for an interswitching order may be made to the Agency by either company, by a municipal government or by any other interested person.

Refer to section 127 and 128 of the Canada Transportation Act and the Railway Interswitching Regulations for more details about interswitching.

What is interswitching?

Interswitching is the transfer of traffic between two railway companies at a regulated rate. The purpose of this provision is to ensure that a captive shipper (with only one choice of railway company) has fair and reasonable access to the rail system.

A shipper can have its cars interswitched from one carrier to another at prescribed rates if the origin or destination of the traffic is within a certain distance of an interchange point.

The Agency is responsible for setting by regulation the terms and conditions for interswitching, determining the rate charged per car and establishing distance zones.

Dispute resolution services

You could use a quick and relatively informal process to resolve your dispute:

Or you could use a more formal process:

See the overview and FAQs for a comparison of the dispute resolution options. If you're not sure about which option to choose, you can contact us anytime to see how we can help.

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