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CN investing $165 million in Illinois

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 28, 2020
CN announced that, as part of its strategic investments to support growing demand and enable supply chains, it plans to invest approximately $165 million across Illinois in 2020.
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The investments will focus on the Chicago St Charles Airline Bridge renewal as well as the replacement of rail and ties and maintenance of bridges, level crossings, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure.

The Company’s 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%.

The Company 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 9 miles of rail
- Installation of over 180,000 new railroad ties
- Rebuilds of 45 road crossing surfaces
- Maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems, and other track infrastructure

Illinois is CN’s largest state in terms of operations and employees. CN’s routes from throughout North America converge in Chicago. Homewood, a Chicago suburb, is home to CN’s U.S. headquarters and a modern training centre.

CN Campus is focused on instilling and reinforcing a strong safety culture. In 2019, nearly 3,000 experienced railroaders, new hires and customers received a complete range of hands-on technical training.


 

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