assistant vice-president, public affairs, CN
December 19, 2008
Your editorial urged the federal government to help commuter and inter-city passenger railways in Canada (Humans, As Well As Cargo - Dec. 15). You imply that CN is an impediment to these commuter authorities and VIA Rail's operations across the country by recounting the myth that 'passenger railways operate at the mercy of freight traffic.' In reality, CN, as the host railway, works very closely with Canada's passenger railways to help them deliver quality service to commuters and travellers.
Recent on-time performance rates for GO Transit in the Greater Toronto Area have exceeded 95 per cent year-to-date through Dec. 14. Equally impressive, our on-time performance for VIA Rail Canada was a record 95 per cent for June to November in 2008.
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