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​CP statement on rail re-location

When CP first began its operations, Canada was relatively unpopulated. While much has changed in the 130 years since the start of CP's operations, our commitment to operating safely and working closely with communities and residents remains a core value.

Today, while we fully appreciate the needs of growing cities, it is important to remember that many communities across Canada have grown-up and prospered along the railroad. That interface – between communities and CP – has become an important component of what we do on any given day.

CP plays an integral role in moving North America's economy and takes great pride in safely delivering to North Americans everything they need – from food, to cars, to energy and fuel. A strong, safe and efficient rail system is essential for Canada and the U.S. to remain globally competitive.

If a community would like to conduct a study into moving certain rail lines out of their city, CP may participate. However, relocation of rail lines and yards is a complex and serious issue which would involve CP, local and national customers, regulators, local community organizations and all levels of government. An extensive review would need to take place to determine the impact to customer service and the full cost to all stakeholders, which will be significant.