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MEXICAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS CHIEF TO JOIN AAR BOARD

 MEXICAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS CHIEF TO JOIN AAR BOARD
 CHICAGO, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Jorge Tamayo, director general


of Mexican National Railways, has accepted an invitation to join the board of directors of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), AAR President Edwin L. Harper announced today.
 Speaking at the annual conference of the Railway Progress Institute, Harper noted that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could lead to a six-fold increase in trade between the United States and Mexico by 2010.
 "U.S. railroads have always worked closely with Mexican National Railways," Harper said, adding that "North American railroads will work even more closely to take advantage of the opportunities offered by NAFTA."
 Mexican National Railways (Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Mexico (FNM) in Spanish) is a long-time member of the AAR. Tamayo will join chief executive officers of U.S. and Canadian railroads to create a 16-member board. The major freight and passenger railroads in Canada and the United States hold the other seats on the AAR board. Amtrak, the Railway Association of Canada and now FNM are ex officio members.
 AAR member railroads haul 91 percent of U.S. rail freight carloads and 100 percent of the nation's intercity rail passengers.
 FNM operates 12,720 miles of road and, as a result of an ongoing voluntary retirement program, has 62,000 employees. In 1990, the railroad handled nearly 25 billion ton-miles of freight and 3.3 billion passenger-miles. As a comparison, U.S. railroads operated more than 170,000 miles of road, employed some 290,000 people, hauled in excess of 1 trillion ton-miles of freight, and some 13 billion passenger-miles in 1990. Canadian railroads in 1990 operated 31,000 miles of road, employed 57,000 people, and provided 155 billion ton-miles of freight and 1.3 billion passengers-miles of service.
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 /CONTACT: Carol B. Perkins of the Association of American Railroads, 202-639-2552/ CO: Association of American Railroads ST: Illinois IN: TRN SU:


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