An Indirect Impact.

There was an announcement yesterday that could have a lasting impact on New Hampshire and the Northeast.

The Canada based Canadian Pacific Railway has made an unsolicited offer to purchase the Norfolk Southern Railroad which is a major rail company that has operation(s) and a presence in the U.S. northeast.

The Norfolk Southern also has ownership, though a subsidiary called Pan Am Southern of the former Boston & Maine "west end" which are the rail lines that extend west from Ayer, Massachusetts to Albany, New York and north of East Deerfield, Massachusetts along the Vermont/New Hampshire border to White River Junction, Vermont.If The Proposed Merger Between CP Rail and Norfolk Southern Goes Through. Freight Rates Will Increase.

There is alot of professional commentary out there in numerous sources which I will not restate. But I'm opposed to this merger for two reasons: first is freight rates to and from New Hampshire. This merger will be expensive to execute as all railroad mergers are. Freight rates will increase and this will impact jobs in New Hampshire.

The second reason is intermodal capability. Neither Vermont or New Hampshire has a dedicated intermodal terminal which is the growth area in transportation. The closest intermodal terminals, including higher costs are at Ayer and Worcester, Mass; Portland, Maine and Albany, New York. I don't think this merger will be of any help in reducing intermodal rates to and from New Hampshire, and this too will cost jobs.

 Please contact the NH Congressional Delegation and ask them to oppose this proposed merger when it comes before the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB).