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Canadian Pacific Railway enters into public-private partnership for replacement rail tunnel

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Canadian Pacific Railway

On June 17, 2010, Windsor Port Authority, along with Borealis Infrastructure, a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, and Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) announced that they had formed the Continental Rail Gateway coalition to pursue opportunities for the development, funding and construction of a replacement rail tunnel under the Detroit River.Replacing the 100-year-old train tunnel is a key step toward making the strategically located region of Windsor/Essex County/Detroit/Wayne County more competitive as a logistics hub for manufacturers, agricultural shippers, and other importers and exporters. The high-clearance replacement rail tunnel will allow double-stacked container trains out of the Port of Montreal to use the Montreal/Windsor/ Detroit/Chicago corridor. This is important to the region because the Port of Montreal plans to double its container-handling capacity over the next ten years. The project is expected to create over 2,200 direct and indirect jobs over the duration of the development and construction, and be completed within three years after environmental approvals. CPR was advised in the formation of this coalition by Fasken Martineau with a team that included Douglas Scott and Bill Bies.



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