STB to Discuss CN’s Proposed Takeover of EJ&E

WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board will hold a public meeting on Nov. 18 concerning the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to Canadian National Railway’s proposed acquisition of the principal lines of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Co.

During the public meeting, STB members will be briefed by, and will discuss the EIS with, staff of the agency’s Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA). The meeting will be open for public observation, but not public participation.

On Oct. 30, 2007, Canadian National and Grand Trunk Corp. (collectively known as CN) filed an application with the STB seeking the agency’s approval to acquire control of the EJ&E West Company, a wholly owned, non-railroad subsidiary of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern  Railway Company. EJ&E is a Class II railroad operating approximately 200 miles of track in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana.