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March 15, 2023

Amtrak Statement from CEO Stephen J. Gardner regarding CP-KCS Merger Decision

Amtrak Statement from Chief Executive Officer Stephen J. Gardner

Amtrak congratulates Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern on their newly approved merger.  We believe this merger will have a significant and positive effect on Amtrak intercity passenger rail service.


  • CP has committed to support Amtrak efforts to work with the Southern Rail Commission, States, and other stakeholders for the first passenger trains in more than 50 years on two U.S. routes, establishing Amtrak service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., and studying the potential for Amtrak service between Meridian, Miss., and Dallas/Fort Worth on the new CPKC.
  • The Board’s decision fulfills the objectives of President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American economy, which called upon the Board to consider impacts on Amtrak service when reviewing proposed railroad mergers.
  • CP has been a strong partner with Amtrak and the States in working collaboratively to enhance Amtrak service. 
  • Amtrak Host Railroad Report Card 2021