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12/8/2003



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CN, BC Rail seek tourist-train operator


Canadian National Railway Co. and BC Rail Ltd. currently are accepting proposals from a third party interested in operating tourist trains on BC Rail’s line between North Vancouver and Prince George, British Columbia, and CN’s line between Prince Rupert, Prince George and Jasper, Alberta.

The request for proposal (RFP) is part of CN’s recent agreement with the British Columbia government to acquire BC Rail’s outstanding shares and operate over the 1,400-mile regional’s roadbed under a long-term lease. The tourist trains are expected to generate significant economic activity in the area, according to a prepared statement.

Parties interested in submitting a proposal should notify InterVISTAS Consulting Inc. — which is managing the RFP process — in writing by Dec. 16.

CN and BC Rail will assess proposals based on certain criteria, such as new economic development in communities along the line, improved rail access to the 2010 Olympic facilities in Whistler, B.C., and the creation of railway and associated jobs to prepare and operate new train service.




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