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The Federal Transport Minister is non-committal over suggestions the Australian Rail Track Corporation take over Tasmania's rail service if Pacific National pulls out.
Pacific National wants Government funding to upgrade infrastructure if it is to continue its container freight service.
Transport Minister Warren Truss has proposed an independent evaluation of the service and will meet Tasmania's Infrastructure Minister to discuss the idea.
Mr Truss says while the Australian Rail Track Corporation provides for cross-border movement of rail freight interstate, a federal subsidy is already given to Tasmania.
"The Commonwealth provides an interstate subsidy to Tasmania through the Bass Strait ferry service and the money we provide in relation to subsiding the cost of freight movement interstate into Tasmania," Mr Truss said.
"I wouldn't necessarily see a relativity between what happens on the mainland interstate routes and the intra-state routes in Tasmania."
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