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TORONTO, Ont. — Retailer Hudson’s Bay has announced a partnership that will shift 16,000 trailers a year off the highway and onto the rails between Montreal from Toronto.

Hudson’s Bay says the agreement with CP Railway uses the railway’s Expressway Service and will eliminate the need for about 60 trucks a day.

CP will use its Expressway terminal near Hudson’s Bay eastern distribution centre in Scarborough, Ont. Expressway is a roll-on/roll-off, trailer-on-train service it says allows shippers to bypass congested roads.

The deal is part of a wider plan that sees CP becoming the Bay’s exclusive rail carrier between eastern and Western Canada.

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