Canadian Pacific & Kansas City Southern Are Now One Railroad
In Kansas City Friday, Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) officials held a ceremony to mark the occasion.
CPKC President and CEO, Keith Creel, drove the final railroad spike into the tracks at the only location where the companies' tracks meet. It's the first and only railroad that connects Canada, Mexico, and the US. The company says it'll take three years to fully combine the two railroads.
In Illinois, eight Chicago suburbs and DuPage County formed the Coalition to Stop CPKC to oppose the merger. Members are "extremely disappointed" the merger was approved and are now reviewing their options.
In Iowa, Bettendorf, Davenport, LeClaire, Muscatine, and other cities made financial deals with Canadian Pacific to help them address increases in traffic delays, noise, and lack of access to properties between the tracks and the Mississippi River. Camanche is one city that did not sign an agreement with Canadian Pacific.