“The right mode at the right time,” has become the mantra at the Hamilton Port Authority (HPA), an approach to business that’s driven by strong customer demand.

“Almost all of our new customers are looking for an integrated set of transportation options,” said HPA President & CEO Bruce Wood. “And the Port of Hamilton is well positioned to respond to evolving customer needs.”

In addition to its extensive marine facilities, the Port boasts direct highway access, less than 45 minutes to the U.S. border. The Port of Hamilton is also served by two Class-1 railways, who together provide Hamilton Port users with service and choice.

CN Rail provides excellent service at the Port, connecting Hamilton-based customers to CN’s 34,000-km North American network. At the Port of Hamilton, CN works closely with its shortline partner, Southern Ontario Railway.

CP Rail also has an important presence within the Hamilton regional market. CP connects via the eastern side of the Port to more than 28,000m of HPA track, serving numerous Port tenants.

Rail traffic has grown steadily in recent years, increasing by 17 per cent in 2013 and 30 per cent in 2014. Last year, 4,300 rail cars transited the Port of Hamilton. Rail provides some balance to the Seaway’s seasonality, and the Port has found that better integrated modes result in a more seamless customer experience.

To continue to provide the best possible service to port users, HPA is embarking on a strategy to expand its rail infrastructure to accommodate more cars, longer trains, and better transloading capability.

“Our job is to ensure transportation efficiency; to help Canadian businesses compete in global markets,” said Bruce Wood. “Better rail infrastructure is at the absolute top of our list when it comes to attracting new customers and helping our existing customers grow their businesses.”