CN investing $100 million in Wisconsin
The investments will focus on a new auto compound in New Richmond, maintenance of vessels, replacement of rail and ties, as well as maintenance of bridges, level crossings, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure.
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:
- Replacement of more than 9 miles of rail
- Installation of over 60,000 new railroad ties
- Rebuilds of 48 road crossing surfaces
- Maintenance work on facilities, culverts, signal systems, and other track infrastructure
CN serves many local producers and general merchandise customers in Wisconsin, most notably from Milwaukee and Green Bay on Lake Michigan. CN also have intermodal terminals in Chippewa Falls and Arcadia.
Since 2001, CN has invested over US$1 billion in infrastructure upgrades on its Wisconsin network. ■