Winnipeg, MB — CN said it plans to invest approximately $130 million in Manitoba in 2018 to strengthen the company’s rail network across the province, including expansion of its primary rail yard in Winnipeg.
“We are investing for the long haul,” said Doug Ryhorchuk, vice-president of CN’s Western Region. “Our project at Symington Yard in Winnipeg, combined with track investments across the Prairies, and new equipment and more people, will help us deliver superior service to our grain and other customers throughout Manitoba and North America. Additionally, our substantial investments to renew our existing railway infrastructure underscores our commitment to operating safely.”
The Manitoba investments are part of CN’s record $3.4 billion capital program for 2018. In Winnipeg, CN will add a dozen new and extended tracks within its Symington Yard, the centrepiece of CN’s transcontinental network, improving the efficient handling of rail cars from across Canada and the United States. Other capital program investments will focus on the replacement, upgrade and maintenance of key track infrastructure to improve overall safety and efficiency.
Maintenance program highlights include:
Replacement of approximately 30 miles of rail
Installation of more than 80,000 new railroad ties
Rebuilds of approximately 20 road crossing surfaces
Maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure
Manitoba is a major hub of CN’s transcontinental rail network and home of key facilities such as the Symington classification yard, the Transcona Shops, and CN’s Claude Mongeau National Training Centre.
“Railways are an important part of the Manitoba economy, and play an instrumental role in the future economic growth and prosperity of our province,” said Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler. “Our government welcomes these investments from CN, as they show a strong commitment to our province and the growing rail demand across Manitoba and Canada.”