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CN investing $35 million in Iowa

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 $35 million (USD) across Iowa in 2020.
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The investments will focus on the replacement of ties and maintenance of bridges, level crossings, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure as well as continued investments in Positive Train Control.

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:
- Installation of over 95,000 new railroad ties
- Rebuilds of 19 road crossing surfaces
- Maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems, and other track infrastructure

Through CN’s subsidiary, the Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad, CN’s rails stretch the breadth of Iowa, from the Missouri River in the west to the Mississippi in the east. CN carries a wide variety of manufactured and industrial products like food, machinery, electrical equipment, chemical products and primary metals.

In addition to serving local businesses, CN’s ethanol franchise is centred in the Hawkeye State with several plants along the route between Dubuque and Sioux City and Council Bluffs.