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Wednesday, April 01, 2015


Highways and Transportation Minister Andy Renaud today announced
Saskatchewan will be hosting a Shortline Railway Conference in Regina
on February 19-21.

"Over 400 municipal leaders, shippers, producers, railway operators and
labour representatives will examine the development of shortline
railways as an alternative to branch line abandonment during the
conference," Renaud said.

The conference is being organized by the Western Transportation
Advisory Council and is sponsored by Saskatchewan Highways and
Transportation, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities
(SARM), and the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA).

"This conference will put timely information into the hands of the
people most affected by rail abandonment," Renaud said. "It will help
us to develop policies which support the efforts of communities and
businesses to stay viable."

"The conference will take a practical look at the potential of
shortline operations with speakers addressing the key issues," SARM
President Sinclair Harrison said. "The conference will discuss
regulatory issues, legal and insurance requirements, sources of
financing, the transfer of employees, negotiating with a major railway
and meeting the needs of shippers and operational issues such as
maintenance and safety."

"This two-day look at the pros and cons of shortline railways is timely
for SUMA members, especially in areas where a branch line is not likely
to generate a large enough economic return to attract major players in
the shortline industry," SUMA President Murray Westby said.
"Communities will have to give careful consideration to the role they
wish to play."


For more information, contact:

David Gardiner Sinclair Harrison
President, Westac SARM President
Vancouver Moosomin
Phone: (604) 687-8691 Phone: (306) 435-7319

Keith Schneider Mike Woods
SUMA President Highways and Transportation
Regina Regina
Phone: (306) 525-3727 Phone: (306) 787-4804

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