​CN injecting $320 million to strengthen, expand Alberta rail system

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CN is planning a $320 million investment across Alberta in 2018 to expand and strengthen its rail network throughout the province.

The program includes multiple track and yard projects to boost rail capacity and improve network resiliency, the company said on Tuesday.

“We are investing for the long haul with these projects to boost capacity and network resiliency to meet growing demand in grain, energy, forest products and other markets so important to Alberta’s economy,” CN vice-president Doug Ryhorchuk said in a statement.

The Alberta investments, part of CN’s record $3.4 billion capital program for 2018, include more than 30 miles of new double track in four locations along CN’s busy transcontinental corridor across the province and rail yard expansions that will improve efficient movement of rail cars into and out of Edmonton. Other capital program elements will focus on the replacement, upgrade and maintenance of key track infrastructure to improve overall safety and efficiency, CN said.