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Canadian Pacific today announced that more than 80 additional stakeholders have filed statements with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) expressing concerns about CN and Kansas City Southern's combination, its use of a voting trust or both.
The latest statements bring the total opposed to more than 330, CP officials said in a press release. Together, more than 1,050 letters have been filed in support of CP's proposed combination with KCS or in opposition to the CN proposal.
The letters highlight the extensive risks the proposed CN-KCS voting trust poses to competition by reducing shipper options, CP officials said. Stakeholders also expressed strong concerns about the likelihood of reduced service quality and infrastructure investments as a result of the proposed merger.
Meanwhile, last week CN and KCS announced that an additional 100 letters in favor of their proposed combination were filed with the STB, bringing the total number of support letters that CN and KCS have received to greater than 1,500. Of the 100 or so filed last week, 90 of the letters support CN's and KCS's request that the STB approve their proposed voting-trust agreement.