Region's shippers file for rail change

ROSEBURG — Major Southern Oregon shippers say they will file a petition to allow a new railroad to move their freight over the Siskiyou Mountains to Northern California after the Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad raised rates.

The Coos-Siskiyou Shippers' Coalition says it will file a petition with the Surface Transportation Board on Thursday to allow the change.

The petition say the shippers want the West Texas & Lubbock Railway to move their product over existing track. It is a subsidiary of Permian Basin Railway, which operates several small lines in the Midwest.

The petition says Central Oregon and Pacific rates are unaffordable.

— The Associated Press

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