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Interswitching Criticized
Mon Apr 21, 2014 07:28 AM CDT

TORONTO (Dow Jones) -- The harsh winter that slowed freight trains and laid bare the tensions between the rail companies and their customers has spawned a new risk for Canada's two major railways -- more regulations.

The federal government has ordered the railways to meet minimum weekly grain targets, and followed that with legislation intended to help farmers and grain companies move last year's record crop. For the railways, the most controversial of these measures is the expansion of a prairie rail customer's right to ship with another railway, known in the industry as interswitching.

Customers currently have the right ...

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