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CN investing CAN$10 million in Nova Scotia

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CN has recently announced that, as part of its strategic investments to support growing demand and enable supply chains, it plans to invest over CAN$10 million across Nova Scotia in 2020. The investments will focus on the replacement of rail and ties, rebuilding road crossing surfaces as well as maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure.

“We take our essential role in the North American economy seriously and these investments in Nova Scotia are a key part of our strategy to support growth. The company remains committed to help enable supply chains that fuel Nova Scotia’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,” commented Derek Taylor, Vice-President, Eastern Region at CN.

Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, government of Canada, added: “Remaining committed to supporting Canadian businesses, our government continues to invest in Canada’s economy to encourage economic growth. We are pleased to see companies such as CN do their share by investing in improving safety, growing its capacity and enabling trade through a safe and reliable rail network. Nova Scotia plays a critical role in international trade through the Port of Halifax. CN’s investments in the province will encourage the safe and fluid movement of goods across the province, to and from international markets.”

Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, government of Canada, said: “The role that our railway system plays in shaping Canada’s commerce and its communities cannot be underestimated. This is especially true in Nova Scotia, where our international ports depend upon rail to move vast quantities of goods throughout the province, and then across the entire country. The investments that CN is making in our railways will help ensure that our supply chain remains safe and strong today and for decades to come.”

“CN continues to build on the critical links between Nova Scotia and the global marketplace. Streamlining supply chain infrastructure continues to cement CN’s position as a world leader in intermodal transport and, in doing so, solidifies Nova Scotia’s place in the North American economy,” concluded Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, government of Nova Scotia.

The company’s investments will create greater capacity, which supports reductions in its customer’s transportation supply chain greenhouse gas (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 such as the Autonomous Track Inspection Programme and Automated Inspection Portals.

Maintenance programme highlights include:

  • Replacement of 4 miles of rail.
  • Installation of approximately 30 000 new railroad ties.
  • Rebuilds of 8 road crossing surfaces.
  • Maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems, and other track infrastructure.

Nova Scotia is home to the Port of Halifax, where CN handles all rail-served containers imported and exported through the marine facility. Halifax is the site of a major Autoport, where automotive vehicles imported from overseas enter North America for distribution across the continent. One of CN’s intermodal terminals is also located in Halifax.

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