Canadian National Railway (CN) has acquired Iowa National Railway (IANR).

The acquisition would support the growth of local business by creating a single-line service to North American destinations, while preserving access to existing carrier options, CN said on 6 December.

Serving upper midwest agricultural and industrial markets and transporting a range of goods, including biofuels and grain, IANR operates around 442km (275 miles) in Iowa connecting to CN’s US rail network.

“We look forward to the opportunities our combined network will provide customers, farmers and our partners to respond to the needs of their existing and new markets,” CN president and CEO Tracy Robinson said.

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed and CN said a decision regarding the transaction was expected from the Surface Transportation Board (STB) next year.

According to its website, CN transports more than 300M tonnes/year of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America. Its 30,000km (18,600 mile) network connects Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the US South.