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11/2/2007



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

CN, CPR forge routing protocol pact to speed interline traffic



Canadian National Railway Co. and Canadian Pacific Railway have reached an agreement on a routing protocol to expedite interline traffic along key gateways.

The railroads plan to direct traffic flows through the most efficient interchange locations. Under the routing protocol, 14 gateways, including Montreal, Milwaukee and Winnipeg, Manitoba, will handle higher traffic volumes; and 15 gateways, including Chicago, Minneapolis, Superior, Wis., and Calgary, Alberta, will handle lower volumes.

"This routing protocol will deliver faster, more dependable service to our customers while generating better utilization of railway assets," said CN President and Chief Executive Officer E. Hunter Harrison in a prepared statement.

Adds CPR President and CEO Fred Green: "This protocol will focus the flow of interline traffic at the most fluid, efficient interchanges, in some cases removing traffic from congested locations."

During the past few years, CN and CPR have reached several asset-sharing and co-production agreements. CN now has landed routing protocol pacts with six Class Is; CPR has similar agreements with three Class Is.


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