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BNSF

STB Releases Fall Peak Service Plans

WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board has released letters from Class I railroads outlining their “peak season” service plans. In June, Chairman W. Douglas Buttrey sent letters to the chief executive officers of the seven largest railroads and to the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), asking the railroads to inform the STB of their plans to ascertain the demand for, and to prepare for, the provision of peak-season service; their performance goals for the remainder of 2006 and their plans for achieving those goals; and their plans to communicate their service goals and plans with customers. In

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Canadian National

CN, CPR and Norfolk Southern Announce Agreement to Improve Freight Service Between Eastern Canada and the Eastern U.S.

MONTREAL — CN, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and Norfolk Southern Railway (NSR) today announced an agreement that will significantly improve freight service between Eastern Canada and the Eastern United States. The three-party arrangement will give CN and NSR a seamless, direct north- south routing over CPR’s lines south of Montreal that will slice as much as two days’ transit time off some 20,000 annual shipments. It will also increase freight traffic density and revenues on CPR’s wholly owned subsidiary, the Delaware and Hudson Railway. Implementation is scheduled to begin Nov. 19, 2004. CN-NSR traffic destined for the Eastern U.S. will

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Canadian National

CN Closes Transaction to Acquire Rail and Marine Holdings of Great Lakes Transportation

MONTREAL – Canadian National on May 10 completed its acquisition of the rail and marine holdings of Great Lakes Transportation LLC (GLT). CN will now commence the step-by-step integration of two railroads and a rail switching company into its 17,500-mile North American system. The railroads are: The 212-mile Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway Company (DM&IR) – the Class II railroad is a common carrier of pelletized iron ore in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Class II Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Company (B&LE), which carries primarily coal, iron ore and limestone between the Lake Erie port of Conneaut, Ohio, and

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Canadian National

CN, CAW Reach Agreement

MONTREAL — Canadian National and the Canadian Auto Workers union have reached a tentative agreement. CN, however, is withholding details of the agreement until it is ratified. The railroad said the agreement is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2004. CAW shopcraft, intermodal and clerical members remain on strike at CN, as they have been since Feb. 20, pending ratification of new agreements. CN has also reached a tentative agreement covering owner/operator truck drivers represented by the CAW. These drivers are not on strike. CAW notified CN on Feb. 16 that it would launch labor action against the company starting Feb. 20,