06/22/2011 AT 09:09
Keith Creel, CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said: “CN is experiencing continued growth in Western Canadian freight volumes. We are making strategic rail investments in Alberta to increase network capacity and improve train velocity along our transcontinental main line between Edmonton and Winnipeg, and to be positioned to handle greater volumes of freight over our line to Fort McMurray, the gateway to Alberta's oil sands production region.”
CN's capacity investments include:
- C$12 million to construct 3.5 miles of track between two sidings located approximately 20 miles east of Edmonton on the Wainwright Subdivision, creating 7.9 miles of double track. The new track will help dispatchers to expedite the meeting of trains and to increase train velocity on one of the highest-density corridors on the CN system.
- C$12 million to build 11,400 feet of track east of Clover Bar yard on the Wainwright Subdivision in the greater Edmonton area to facilitate switching in the terminal. The additional track will help to expedite arrivals and departures of freight trains at the yard.
- C$10 million on CN's secondary Lac La Biche Subdivision in northern Alberta to support additional traffic to and from Fort McMurray. CN's Fort McMurray yard gives customers direct rail access to the major energy projects in development in the Athabasca, Peace River and Cold Lake oil sands regions.
- C$3 million to reconfigure tracks at Walker Yard in Edmonton to increase the velocity of the terminal in handling greater volumes of freight traffic.
Creel said: “These investments will help CN handle rising traffic levels and deliver greater supply chain efficiencies. CN is committed to greater productivity and service innovation to help our customers compete more effectively in their end markets.”
CN announced the acquisition of more than 1,000 new domestic containers to better serve manufacturers and distributors of grocery and consumer goods in domestic markets across Canada and grow the railway's participation in the segment.
CN said today it has developed new supply chain efficiencies to help it better meet short-term car order requirements of major steel producers in Canada and help them to compete more effectively in their markets.
VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise travellers that due to significant track improvement and upgrading work by the Hudson Bay Railway (HBR), the track owner, VIA's southbound train from Churchill to Winnipeg will be affected.
The 680-acre park is planned to include a state-of-the-art intermodal terminal with room for customers to co-locate with CN and custom build their facility in place.
Metrolinx today purchased from CN the lower portion of the Newmarket Subdivision in central-north Toronto for C$68 million. The transaction gives Metrolinx end-to-end ownership of the 60-mile-long Barrie-Bradford GO Train corridor between downtown Toronto and Barrie, Ont.
Canada's Transport Minister announced the appointment of Mr. Marc Laliberté, of Boucherville, Québec, as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of VIA Rail Canada Inc. for a term of four years, effective January 4, 2010.
CN announced orders for 70 new high-horsepower locomotives from GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric Co. (GE), and Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD).
CN unveiled an upgraded on-line greenhouse gas-emissions (GHG) calculator that estimates total carbon emissions for shipments across multiple modes of transportation.
CN announced today that it will be a Corporate Partner of the Terrace 2010 BC Winter Games.
CN marked the launch of Rail Safety Week, from April 27 to May 3, 2009, by announcing intensive efforts to prevent trespassing and railroad crossing accidents with the ultimate goal of reducing them to zero.