CN reiterates plan to upgrade Prairie North Line through Humboldt
HUMBOLDT, SK, May 13, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE:
CNI) president and chief executive officer Claude Mongeau helped the
citizens of Humboldt, Sask. inaugurate the Community Trail project,
part of the CN EcoConnexions - From the Ground Up program. Humboldt is one of 25 communities selected to receive funding
from the program to date.
The program's objective is to promote the greening of municipal
properties across Canada, especially areas in close proximity to rail
lines. CN, with its partners Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom, is
helping Canadian municipalities establish tree planting initiatives in
a sustainable, environmentally responsible manner.
"We're pleased that the CN EcoConnexions program saw the value in this
project," stated Malcolm Eaton, Mayor of the City of Humboldt. "The
5th Avenue trails development will not only give our residents and
visitors the opportunity to safely access Centennial Park and the
downtown, it's also a very physical reminder of our community's
collective efforts to connect and beautify our city."
Humboldt's project will create a community trail that links Centennial
Park - which contains the Humboldt Uniplex facility, Humboldt
Collegiate Institute and Carlton Trail Regional College - with the
downtown core. The project also involves the planting of trees and
shrubs along the proposed trail, enhancing municipal land alongside
local CN property.
In his remarks at the site, Mr. Mongeau said: "Our sustainability agenda
goes beyond making our own operations as fuel efficient and
environmentally friendly as possible. We aim as well to support
sustainability initiatives in the communities we serve. The EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program is an excellent example of CN and communities working together
to mutually promote these goals."
Mr. Mongeau also spoke of upgrades that will be made to the CN line that
runs through Humboldt. CN will make significant investments in the
Prairie North Line's rail infrastructure. Work will involve capital
spending on new ties and rail, as well as new sidings to handle the
increase in train traffic projected for the line. The investment and
work plans are being developed now, with work expected to begin in
earnest during the coming weeks.
"The Prairie North Line serves important resource industries in the
parkland territories of the northern Prairies," said Mr. Mongeau.
"Agriculture has long been the backbone of the economy here, along with
forestry. Both those industries are doing well, and we're now seeing
great growth in the petrochemical industry along this rail line.
Traffic is growing and we're going to upgrade the line to handle the
new business safely and efficiently.
"The upgrading of our Prairie North Line will improve service to our
customers. It will also help the line through Humboldt become an
important 'relief valve' for our more southerly main-line corridor when
necessary, giving us greater overall network flexibility and
resilience," Mongeau said.
"Humboldt is an important hub on CN's Prairie North Line," added Mr.
Mongeau, "allowing us to crew trains and maintain critical rail
infrastructure. We are proud to be here to support the greening of this
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