COMPETITION WATCH: CN and BNSF announce deal to increase network fluidity and infrastructure capacity

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MONTREAL, Que. and FORT WORTH, Tex.– CN and BNSF Railway Company have agreed to focus together on improving rail network fluidity and infrastructure capacity, principally in Vancouver, B.C., Chicago, and between Memphis and southern Illinois, said a joint release.

The agreement includes track and rail infrastructure exchanges between the railroads, and CN’s grant of trackage, haulage and other access rights to BNSF Railway.

In Vancouver, B.C., CN will obtain operational, dispatching and maintenance control of 12 miles of joint track between the Fraser River Bridge in New Westminster, B.C., and ocean terminals on the south shore of Burrard Inlet near downtown Vancouver. This trackage also connects CN’s network with its north shore terminals, customers and the former BC Rail.

In Chicago, BNSF will obtain operational, dispatching and maintenance control of CN’s Corwith Tower interlocker, and obtain trackage rights on CN for 30 miles between Corwith and Joliet, Ill., and on two miles of CN’s 49th Street line.

BNSF will obtain trackage rights on CN’s main lines between Memphis and southern Illinois. CN will also transfer its Memphis interlocker to BNSF.

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