The Saskatchewan Shortline Railway Association has raised some concerns about the review of the Canadian Transportation Act.
President Perry Pellerin of Leader says the shortline railways are concerned about skyrocketing insurance premiums.
He says there are shortlines that operate at less than 10 miles per hour speed, on a flat track, through no major centres, and are required to carry 100 million dollars in insurance.
He says it is a bit excessive and maybe there should be some pooling of insurance to provide more funds for track improvement and safety.
He adds there are concerns about a federal report proposing removal of the Maximum Revenue Entitlement for grain movement for the two major railways in several years.
He says the Maximum Revenue Entitlement tends to protect the branch lines and it should continue.
Pellerin says the 14 short lines represent about 25 per-cent of rail lines in Saskatchewan.
He says they are operated by municipalities, private business and co-ops who purchased abandoned CP and CN lines over the past 25 years.
Short lines hauled 502 million dollars worth of commodities in Saskatchewan in 2012.