Canadian Manufacturing

CN investing $310M in Ontario to strengthen its rail network

The rail giant will focus on intermodal facilities, rail and tie replacement and maintenance of track infrastructure

June 30, 2020  by CM Staff

CN train travelling through Thunder Bay, Ont. PHOTO: CN

TORONTO — CN plans to invest approximately $310 million across Ontario this year to meet demand and enable supply chains.

Investments will focus on intermodal facilities, the replacement of rail and ties, as well as the maintenance of bridges, level crossings, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure.

CN said the investments will increase capacity and support reductions in transportation supply chain greenhouse gas emissions by up to 75% using rail for long hauls, replacing more than 300 trucks.

Investment on the maintenance side includes replacement of almost 100 kilometres of rail; installation of approximately 195,000 new railroad ties; rebuilding 86 road crossing surfaces; and work on bridges, culverts, signal system, and other track infrastructure.

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