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8/6/2002



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CPR accesses two software programs to enhance intermodal service


Canadian Pacific Railway Aug. 5 reached a five-year agreement with Optimization Alternatives Limited Inc. (OA), under which CPR would use OA's Gate Activity, Inspection and Tracking (GAIT), and Driver Automated Gate (DAG) software to enhance service and expand capacity at intermodal and automotive terminals.


CPR plans to use GAIT to improve truck processing when drivers arrive and depart an intermodal terminal, and DAG to enable drivers under certain conditions to use a self-serve kiosk to enter and depart a terminal.


The railroad would run the software programs with OA's Strategic Intermodal Scheduler (OASIS) — a wireless computer application designed to track, plan and manage the flow of containers and trailers into and out of intermodal terminals.


"Intermodal and automotive businesses collectively account for one-third of CPR's revenue," said Lawre Allen, CPR vice president of intermodal and automotive, in a prepared statement, adding that the software will enable CPR to more quickly provide customers detailed shipment and terminal information.


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