VANCOUVER, B.C. — Two of trucking’s least favorite groups, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and B.C.’s TransLink have been order by the courts to make their West Coast Express dealings public.
CPR insists the rates are fair and reflect the cost of operating passenger commuter service during peak hours on its busiest freight line in North America.
The rail giant says it will not appeal a B.C. Supreme Court decision to make public its contract with TransLink, the regional transportation authority for the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), to provide rail commuter passenger service between Mission and downtown Vancouver.
The contract will show that the total charge to TransLink for commuter services provided by CPR in 2001 was $8.3 million. The charges translate to $4 per person for a one-way fare from Mission to Vancouver.
This calculation reflects the fact that 69km of track is assigned to the service during peak periods.
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