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.The Alaska Railroad Corporation and the Alaska to Alberta Railway Development Corporation signed a master agreement of cooperation to build a 1,500-mile connection between the Alaska Railroad and Canadian railroads that serve the Lower 48.
The agreement was announced after approval by the Alaska Railroad Corporation Board of Directors today.
The two railroad companies will cooperate in applying to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources for a right-of-way guaranteed under state law for a rail connection to Canada. They will then develop a joint operating plan that will specify the new track needed to connect Alaska’s rail to Canada, and upgrades needed for rail facilities, bridges, and track on the Alaska Railroad’s line that runs from Seward to North Pole.
The entire project is expected to cost approximately $13 billion..
Is there some Product of Mines or Forests for which rail transportation will present a viable mode?
If rail transportation had a present or future need, the US Army would have built it as part of the Alcan Highway.
Crude moves by pipeline and vessel. No overland transport can begin to match the cost per ton mile of those two modes. Last time I checked, God doesn't assess user fees for the oceans.
This proposal makes MILW Lines West look like a smart move.