SOPOR, or the Société du port ferroviaire de Baie-Comeau – Hauterive was created in 1975. It is a partnership between Canadian National (CN), the Québec Ministry of Transport and the cities of Baie-Comeau and Hauterive.
This is the year the region enters a new economic phase. With the construction of the shunting yard and terminal, the North Shore is now connected by rail to the rest of the North American continent.
On January 31, 1978, the Georges-Alexandre-Lebel train-ferry made its first crossing between Matane and Baie-Comeau. With a capacity of 26 50-foot railcars, the imposing ship quickly became a symbol of the immense opportunities that rail transport would bring to the North Shore.
Following investments of over $14 million, in 2008 a transhipment hub was built in the Jean-Noël-Tessier Industrial Park to meet the growing needs of local industries.