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CN opens new intermodal terminal in Calgary

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CALGARY, Alta. -- CN has welcomed the first trains serving its new, state-of-the-art intermodal terminal for containerized goods at the Calgary Logistics Park.

"The opening of this intermodal terminal launches our logistics park operation, which will provide seamless transportation solutions to rail customers moving products and commodities into and out of Calgary – one of the fastest growing regional markets in North America,” said Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN executive vice-president and chief marketing officer.

"CN's C$200-million logistics park is strategically located between the ports of Prince Rupert and Vancouver and major cities across Canada and mid-America. The park's intermodal terminal, along with very competitive ocean and rail transportation times, will provide Alberta businesses ample capacity for consumer goods and industrial materials and effective export routes for forest products, plastics and agri-products."

The new facility, located with access to Stoney Trail, the Trans Canada Highway and other major roadways, is situated on Twp Road 250/McKnight Boulevard and is 10 kilometres from Calgary International Airport.

The new intermodal terminal was relocated from CN's Sarcee Yard in southeast Calgary and boasts 30% more capacity than CN's existing Calgary intermodal terminal and space for further expansion, according to CN officials.

Other features include, four automated in-gates and three automated out-gates designed to keep truck turnaround times in the terminal to below 45 minutes; a container yard for storing international containers; and specialized equipment for temperature-controlled products, which CN says will allow the company to expand its existing reefer volumes.

The logistics park has space to accommodate more than 2.5 million sq. ft. of warehouse distribution facilities, including a rail-to-truck transload operation and a new CN Autoport facility to serve the regional finished vehicles market.

"The Calgary Logistics Park will help CN to reduce transportation costs of its customers through highly efficient materials handling, transportation and distribution processes, and thus will help them grow their businesses," Ruest said.

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