Sep 10, 2006

Firms line up to run GO rail

My Comments: Do you remember those announcements on the public address system at the Go Train station? You know, the ones that inform the public about cancelled trains. It appears that CN and CPR do not have enough backup crews to fill in when employees book sick.

Potential suitors are already lining up as GO Transit moves to sever contracts with CN and CPR -— the traditional operators of GO's commuter rail service -— in an effort to reduce costs and produce more reliable service.

Veolia Transportation, based in London, England, and Quebec's Bombardier are among those interested in running trains for GO, which suffered its worst summer on-time performance due in part to CN crews booking off sick on Fridays.

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