Canadian National announced July 6 it plans to invest approximately $20 million (CAD) across New Brunswick in 2020. The program will focus on rebuilding and strengthening bridges, the replacement of rail and ties, rebuilding road crossing surfaces as well as maintenance work on culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure.
“We take our essential role in the North American economy seriously and these investments in New Brunswick are a key part of our strategy to support growth,” said Derek Taylor, vice president, Eastern Region, for Canadian National. “The company remains committed to help enable supply chains that fuel New Brunswick’s growth as we are a critical part of getting everyday goods to markets and consumers. Safety is a core value at CN and by investing in the maintenance and expansion of our track and capacity, we are providing customers with a safe and reliable solution at a time when fluid supply chains are more critical than ever.”
Canadian National investments will create greater capacity, which supports reductions in its customer’s transportation supply chain GHG emissions, by encouraging the use of rail for long-haul needs. This reduces emissions, traffic congestion, accidents and burdens on public transportation infrastructure as one freight train can replace over 300 trucks from roads. Moving freight by rail instead of truck reduces GHG emissions by 75 percent. The company will continue to deploy important safety-enhancing technologies such as the Autonomous Track Inspection Program, and Automated Inspection Portals.
Maintenance program highlights include:
- Replacement of 8 miles of rail;
- Installation of approximately 10,000 new railroad ties;
- Rebuilds of five road crossing surfaces; and
- Maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems, and other track infrastructure.