Metrolinx buys portion of Canadian National rail line

Posted on March 31, 2011

Metrolinx, the Ontario, Canada-based regional transportation agency, purchased a section of Canadian National Railway's (CN) Kingston Subdivision rail line, used primarily for commuter and passenger rail operations in eastern Toronto, for $308 million.

The rail line acquired by Metrolinx from CN is composed of the two- and three-track rail corridor east of Union Station in downtown Toronto to a junction near Whites Road in Pickering, Ont., where the line connects with GO Transit's separate rail right-of-way.

"Owning this rail corridor section better positions GO to improve service, better control operations and plan future service growth," said Metrolinx President/CEO Bruce McCuaig.

Metrolinx now owns 61 percent of the rail corridors on which GO Transit operates.

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