Railway to Cut Proposed Cape Breton Rate Increase
The Railway says it will cancel its rate increase for customers on the Cape Breton line. The company had planned to boost rates per car between Point Tupper and Sydney by 13-thousand dollars by the end of this month. Cape Breton rail users say the Railway effectively priced the line out of business with the move. The Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway announced the cancellation in a revised discontinuance plan filed with the Utility and Review Board. Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says he expects the UARB to respond quickly to the plan and adds the Railway can then start discussions with Cape Breton customers about the rail service they require. The Railway is now providing service by truck to its customers on the Island after being given approval to abandon the Cape Breton line by October.