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CN Investing $190M to Strengthen Illinois Rail Infrastructure

Investments are part of CN’s 2019 $2.9 billion capital investment

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CN said it plans to invest $190 million in Illinois in 2019 to strengthen the company’s rail network across the state.

“Following a record capital program in 2018, CN has been able to take on more traffic from different commodity sectors based on contracts with our customers,” says Derek Taylor, vice president of CN’s Southern Region. “This year, we are continuing to invest to boost capacity and network resiliency and to meet growing traffic on our corridors across Illinois.”

The Illinois investments are part of CN’s 2019 $2.9 billion capital investment focused on enabling growth from all commodity segments, including consumer goods, grain, agricultural, forest, and energy products from all of our customers, safely and efficiently. Over two years, CN will have made a $5.7 billion capital investment.

CN is currently deploying important safety enhancing technologies across its network, such as the Autonomous Track Inspection Program, Distributed Air Cars, Automated Inspection Portals, and the Positive Train Control System. These innovations, combined with CN’s investments in locomotives, capacity, infrastructure, and train crews, will support the safe and efficient movement of our customers’ goods to their end markets.

Planned expansion projects include:

  • Investments for the development of the Positive Train Control System
  • Investment in the Joliet Intermodal Terminal to provide additional capacity

Maintenance program highlights include:

  • Replacement of more than 11 miles of rail
  • Installation of approximately 88,000 new railroad ties
  • Rebuilds of 53 road crossing surfaces
  • Maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure
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