Railway Officials Focus on Faster Grain Transport
Canada's two biggest railways say new equipment will help avert service disruptions
They’re not guaranteeing improved grain transportation by this winter, but Canada’s two biggest railways say they believe new locomotives, hopper cars and extra staff will make a difference getting crops to market in the months ahead, reports the Financial Post.
That was the message Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railways presented Wednesday in Saskatoon at a meeting with farm groups, grain industry officials and members of the federal cabinet.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau says he wants to avoid a repeat of last winter’s grain-shipping backlog that farmers have said cost them millions of dollars in lost income.
Both CN and CP have said their new equipment orders were brought about by the changes that encourage them to make investments to avert service disruptions.