Canadian National has announced that, as part of its strategic investments to support growing demand and enable supply chains, it plans to invest approximately $50 million across Mississippi in 2020. The investments will focus on continued investment in Positive Train Control, the replacement of rail and ties, as well as maintenance of bridges, level crossings, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure.
“We take our essential role in the North American economy seriously and these investments in Mississippi are a key part of our strategy to support growth,” said Derek Taylor, vice president, Eastern Region, at CN. “The company remains committed to help enable supply chains that fuel Mississippi’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.”
“Sustained, long-term investment in infrastructure is the key to keeping Mississippi poised for a rapid economic recovery. With this announcement, CN will have contributed more than $350 million to its rail network in [Mississippi] in the last five years. Their commitment is unmatched and greatly appreciated,” said Tom King, Southern Transportation Commissioner at the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
CN’s investments will create greater capacity, which supports reductions in its customer’s transportation supply chain greenhouse gas emissions, by encouraging the use of rail for long haul needs. This reduces emissions, traffic congestion, accidents and burdens on public transportation infrastructure. CN will continue to deploy important safety-enhancing technologies across its network, such as the Autonomous Track Inspection Program, distributed air cars and automated inspection portals.
Maintenance program highlights include:
- Replacement of 12 miles of rail;
- Installation of over 125,000 new railroad ties;
- Rebuilds of 31 road crossing surfaces; and
- Maintenance work on bridges, level crossings, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure.