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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

What Happens When a Canadian Railroad Acquires an American Railroad?

(Posted October 20, 2014)

Question 1195: What happens to the pension of a retiree who retired from an American railroad if that railroad is acquired by a Canadian railroad? Are Canadian railroads a part of the same retirement system?

Answer: All rail service within the United States is covered by the Railroad Retirement Act, except service to the Alaska Railroad.

Service for Canadian-owned railroads operating within the United States is covered by the Railroad Retirement Act. Service for those railroads in Canada is not creditable, however.


Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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