Rail transport charges are a key element in tackling climate change and ensuring we have a reliable, reliable, affordable and sustainable supply of rail and road transport.
However, they are not yet the only way we can tackle climate change.
And we have to look at other ways.
Rail transport charges (RTC) are the price that rail operators pay for operating a rail network, including the cost of the freight that goes along with that rail.
We have had a long debate about whether or not to set RTCs.
The government should set them.
The Federal Reserve Board has proposed setting a minimum of RTC for rail transport, which is about $3.50 per 100,000 kilometres.
It is a reasonable minimum.
But the fact is that it does not take into account the costs of maintaining the rail network.
And even if the Federal Reserve was to set a RTC, it would still have to be supplemented by other levies, such as fares and parking.
There are two reasons why the government cannot set a maximum RTC.
First, the government does not know the full extent of the costs associated with maintaining and operating a network.
The federal government has not set a national RTC target.
In a recent report, the federal government estimates that if it were to set one, the costs would be between $1 billion and $2 billion annually.
Second, setting a RCT would not cover the costs that are currently borne by taxpayers.
In fact, there are two things the government would have to do to cover the full costs of keeping the rail system running, including providing a level playing field for rail operators.
First is to ensure that the railway operator pays the full RTC costs.
Secondly, it must provide the Government of Canada with information on how it is managing its RTC plan.
If we are going to do this right, we should make it easy for the public to find out what the costs are and how much it will cost to maintain and operate the railroads.
That is the key to making sure that rail transport is sustainable and a low-carbon source of revenue.
This column is part of a series on rail transport that explores how our transport system can be used to reduce emissions, improve quality of life and improve our environment.