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Train traffic from Canada expected to increase

Duluth's new container terminal could add to the number of trains per day crossing from Canada into Minnesota, according to the International Falls Journal. The paper reported Tuesday that Canadian National Railway traffic crossing the border thr...

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A reach stacker lifts a container off a railcar at the Clure Public Marine Terminal last week. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

Duluth's new container terminal could add to the number of trains per day crossing from Canada into Minnesota, according to the International Falls Journal.

The paper reported Tuesday that Canadian National Railway traffic crossing the border through International Falls could soon be increasing by 20 percent, or about 30 trains per day, with the new Duluth terminal playing a small part in that.

The Koochiching Economic Development Authority board brought up the new Duluth terminal - a partnership between CN and Duluth Cargo Connect at the Clure Public Marine Terminal - at its meeting Monday, the Journal said.

The intermodal container terminal was officially announced and served its first customer in March. It allows cargo containers to be transferred between trucks and railcars on CN's rail network.

According to the website Market Realist, intermodal traffic accounted for a quarter of CN's revenues in 2016, and that traffic is on the rise so far this year.

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