NB passenger train concerns

New Brunswick VIA Rail passenger train service might be threatened due to a clause in a deal made 3 years ago by the former Alward Government.

That pact was made in order to upgrade track between northern and southern New Brunswick, to preserve freight service.

The deal says that CN could pull out of the province if freight levels drop over a two year period.

VIA passenger trains use the same tracks.

The clause does not kick in until 2019, when the company will compare freight levels against the 2012 ones.