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CTA investigates complaints against CN

SASKATOON, Sask. -- The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) will hold a hearing Jan. 28 in Saskatoon after complai...


SASKATOON, Sask. — The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) will hold a hearing Jan. 28 in Saskatoon after complaints that Canadian National (CN) Railway has failed to fulfill its carrier obligations.

The complaints were raised by Naber Seed and Grain Company (NSG) and result from several weeks during the 2000-2001 crop year in which the company complains CN breached its statutory level of service obligations.

Under examination will be CN’s new car allocation programs as they relate to NSG, CN’s use of railway hopper cars as well as rail running rights. The complaints were filed by NSG on Nov. 22, 2000 and Oct. 11, 2001.

On May 29, 2001, the CTA determined that CN had failed to provide NSG with a reasonable level of service during grain weeks six to 17 of the 2000-2001 crop year and therefore breached its common carrier obligations under sections 113 to 115 of the Canadian Transportation Act. As a result, CN was ordered to negotiate a solution with NSG, but failed to do so which has resulted in the Jan. 28 hearing.


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