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CN and Kansas City Southern (“KCS”) have highlighted the benefits realized by agriculture customers, including farmer-owned grain co-operatives, through CN’s open gateways commitment in the CN-KCS combination. These stakeholders, including agricultural customers in the Upper Midwestern U.S., would benefit from a choice of routes and competitive rates, better service and innovation resulting from the competition for their business.

According to one analyst, “This commitment ensures that shippers who today enjoy competitive joint line routings with either CN or KCS will continue to have those routings available to them in a post CN/KCS merger environment, even if a merged CN/KCS could handle the entire movement via a single-line routing.”

For the combination of KCS and CN to proceed, the Surface Transportation Board must first approve the use of a voting trust. Read the full report at AJOT.