CN has submitted a notice of intent requesting that the US Surface Transportation Board (STB) condition any approval of the CP Railway and Kansas City Southern merger with a requirement to divest the Springfield line between Kansas City and East St. Louis, Illinois. The Springfield Line is a direct competitive alternative to CP’s route from Kansas City to Chicago, and beyond to Detroit and eastern Canada. CP and KCS have made it clear in their merger application that they plan no investment on the Springfield Line, and instead will de-emphasize it in favor of CP’s existing parallel line. Under CN’s proposal, CN would invest up to US$250 million in capital investments to improve operating speed and terminals, yield environmental benefits, and provide additional pro-competitive options and access for auto and intermodal customers. The responsive application will be filed on February 28th with the STB.