CANPASS: A Strategic Planning Capability for Intercity Passenger Transportation

  • John C. Rea
  • M. J. Wills
  • J. B. Platts


The specification for the CANPASS System derives from extensive practical experience in multimodal transportation planning and analysis. The system was designed as an integrative operational tool to support the activities of the various policy and administrative groups within Transport Canada. In any large highly structured organization dealing with a wide range of problems, coordination can present a problem. The need for a capability such as the CANPASS System was foreseen in a report issued by the Conference Board in 1972: [1]

“The policy-making task is of a magnitude and variety that precludes the possibility that decisionmaking can be centralized in any one spot. Independent actions may result in chaos unless they operate within some intellectual framework, some commonly shared body of knowledge, prediction and argument that can impart a measure of coherence and direction to the sum of independent decisions.” [2]


Policy Option Demand Model Enumeration Area Access Link Unique Identification Number 
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© The Netherlands Institute of Transport 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Rea
    • 1
  • M. J. Wills
    • 1
  • J. B. Platts
    • 1
  1. 1.Strategic Planning GroupTransport CanadaCanada

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