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Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:26:53 AM

People living along the soon-to-be-defunct MM&A railway are breathing a sigh of relief with the knowledge that the company’s days are numbered, at least on the Can side

The latest update from the CTA suggests by Oct at the latest, there will be no train whistles blowing on that line east of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu

But what will the closure of the railway mean to towns and businesses that depend on it to get their supplies in and goods out?

In Cowansville, where economic growth is still measured in railcars, the locomotive continues to drive development in the lumber and plastics industries

“We don’t want the MM&A, but we need a train

Trucks have already filled in the gap for companies like Tafisa, a manufacturer of particleboard for kitchen cabinets and countertops in Lac-Méga
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Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:41:59 PM

The rails will be in business again - Irving needs them, too
majormarket
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:27:40 AM

While trucks will fill the gap, it is a pity that it will cost businesses and consumers more.

But, maybe it is the price of an acceptable safety level.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:18:26 AM

There needs to be jail time for the CEO.
Buck_on_Bass
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:14:53 AM

With the operating license revoked effective tomorrow, MM&A is effectively out of business. It's now up to the bankruptcy court to act. I doubt this will be resolved for many more weeks.
Peachy1
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:12:04 AM

Ok.
fish4fun2013
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:34:43 AM

I agree
afghaned
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 4:50:15 AM

Looks like Quebec will inherit a rail line.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:44:45 AM

I agree with 'highdesertman' !!!
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 11:56:39 PM

Pipelines
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:20:00 PM

I agree with ...."highdesertman".
skinsfan125
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 9:06:24 PM

guess they'll just have to truck everything out.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:09:26 PM

The solution is to build safe efficient pipelines.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:03:03 PM

To: gbs1 Re: Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 11:33:19 AM (Printed below)

"Hopefully another railroad company will take over the line."

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That's right. It might be the end of the line for MM&A, but the rail and cars will be sold to someone who will likely provide service to these towns.
montpelier28
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 5:35:46 PM

Love trains, but don't love MM&A.
mike56MI
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 4:55:31 PM

OK
lippoe_sokan
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 4:02:41 PM

Success and failure of business is just the way of things.
kag2010
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 3:43:27 PM

Supply and demand works again.
evowner
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 3:32:12 PM

Just moving to another irresponsible company protected by corporate liability laws.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 3:08:59 PM

Well i liked M&M's when i was a kid.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 3:01:23 PM

Having forced one company out of business, there are others that will fill the gap. Unfortunately, that means one less competitor and possible higher prices.
pricewar
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 2:28:15 PM

Cost will rise, economic growth will plunder
TxMtb
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 1:33:42 PM

And the people who rely on the trains will suffer.
screwoilco
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 1:14:38 PM

The sad part is that the idiot that caused the disaster will at worst, lose his job. No financial responsibility.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:52:38 PM

It will be picked up by someone when it's clear of this.
Jeff1944
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:28:08 PM

Supply and demand works again.
highdesertman
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 12:04:13 PM

It seems that the bankruptcy court could appoint a receiver who would be able to contact with another rail company to operate the line. Abandonment of the line helps no one at this point.
gbs1
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 11:33:19 AM

Hopefully another railroad company will take over the line.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 11:25:24 AM

a tragedy with untold costs to every town
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:56:49 AM

For one northern Maine town it has caused large unemployment.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:38:49 AM

I wouldn't want to here train whistles ask night.
Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 10:27:50 AM

Obviously, need a good responsible management and no oil tankers over there
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