Delivering on a previous promise, the Harper government passed the Fair Rail Freight Service Act Bill by the House of Commons on May 30. Once adopted, the Act will encourage shippers and railways to negotiate service agreements. If these negotiations are not successful, shippers will be able to trigger a fast and efficient arbitration process to establish terms of service through the Canadian Transportation Agency. The goal of the legislation is to encourage railways and shippers to work together. Through enhanced collaboration, shippers and railways can increase the efficiency of the supply chain. Further details about Fair Rail Freight Service can be found at: