CN has announced that it will invest C$540 million (US$394.3 million) in its infrastructure in the provinces of Alberta and Quebec.
The investments will focus on infrastructure improvement projects such as track doubling and maintenance of track, repairs to crossings, bridges and signaling, and the implementation of technology such as Positive Train Control (PTC).
In Alberta, CN will invest approximately C$305 million to refurbish the province’s extensive rail network, with work including the replacement of around 114 km of track, the installation of approximately 210,000 railway sleepers, the upgrades to 28 level crossings and assorted maintenance work on bridges, signaling systems and other infrastructure.
“As our province recovers from COVID-19, investments to support our supply chain are more important than ever,” said Ric McIver, Alberta’s Minister of Transport.
“This expansion of Alberta’s rail infrastructure will provide more opportunities for our world-class agricultural and energy products to access markets across North America and the globe,” said Prasad Panda, Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure.
In Quebec, CN will invest C$235 million on projects which include the replacement of over 32 km of rail, the installation of 140,000 railway sleepers and the reconstruction of 47 level crossings.
“We are pleased to see companies such as CN do their share by investing to improve safety, growing its capacity and enabling trade through a safe and reliable rail network,” said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport for the Canadian government. “CN’s investments in Quebec will ensure the safe movement of goods through infrastructure upgrades and improved level crossings.”