Guide to Railway Charges for Crossing Maintenance and Construction: Comparison of the 2013 and 2014 editions

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Following the July 1, 2013 update of the Guide, the Agency undertook an extensive review of the overhead rates applied to the construction, upgrade, and maintenance of crossing warning systems.

The Agency's findings are reflected in the July 1, 2014 edition of the Guide.

The review was initiated to ensure that the overheads being included in the calculation of the rates continue to accurately reflect the costs associated with the crossing related activities. It involved a detailed examination of the:

  • specific railway company activities to plan for and execute crossing construction and maintenance projects; and
  • specific activities that enable and support such projects.

This in-depth review of the structure of the overhead rates concludes the major review started in 2013 of the methodologies and data used to estimate the costs incurred by railway companies in performing crossing construction and maintenance projects.

The review, the first in-depth examination in several years, conforms to the Agency's practice of periodically updating and modernizing its regulatory products.

The following tables display the change in the rates from 2013 to the 2014 for the maintenance and construction or upgrade of crossing warning systems.

Note: the dollar values in the tables have been rounded to the nearest dollar, and the percentages were rounded to the nearest percent.

Schedule A: Scheduled Maintenance (Total annual rate)

 

20132014% Change
Type 1: Crossings with Gates

$8,001

$7,395

-8%

Type 2: Crossings without Gates

$7,130

$6,596

-7%

Schedule B: Overhead Charges – Labour (Total overhead rate)

 

20132014% Change
Indirect Labour Factor

15%

20%

+33%

Unscheduled Maintenance

77%

62%

-19%

Crossing Surface Maintenance

 

62%

 

Construction

80%

62%

-22%

Transportation

68%

55%

-19%

Contracted Labour

 

32%

 

Labour in Contracted services

 

21%

 

Schedule C: Overhead Charges – Material (Total overhead rate)

 

20132014% Change
Unscheduled Maintenance

55%

31%

-44%

Crossing Surface Maintenance

 

31%

 

Construction

58%

36%

-38%

Transportation

45%

 

 

Schedule D: Miscellaneous Charges

 

20132014% Change
Revenue trains and hi-railers

$0.45/car mile

$0.45/car mile

0%

Equipment transported by highway

$0.45/vehicle mile

$0.45/vehicle mile

0%

Work Train using one Locomotive and two Freight Cars:

 

20132014% Change
For first 8 hours

$422/hour

$454/hour

+8%

For 9th and subsequent hours

$517/hour

$557/hour

+8%

Per additional Locomotive

$257/hour

$234/hour

-9%

Per additional Freight Car

 

$8/hour

 

Trackage Charge

$26.05/train mile

$0.35/car mile

 

Contract Administration Fees:

 

20132014% Change
On amounts up to $50,000

3%

3%

0%

On amounts of $50,000 up to $100,000

2%

2%

0%

On amounts in excess of $100,000

1%

1%

0%

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