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Canadian National Railway Company (CN) is set to invest C$210m ($160m) this year to expand and bolster rail infrastructure in the Quebec province.
The investment forms a part of 2018’s C$3.4bn capital programme, which aims to refurbish, upgrade and maintain rail infrastructure across the country.
Recently, the company also announced a similar C$320m ($243.6m) investment in the province of Alberta.
CN Eastern Region vice-president Michael Farkouh said: “We are again investing across the province to support a safe and fluid railway network, and our increasing investments in technology are making our Montreal headquarters part of the growing tech economy of Quebec.
“Installation of 155,000 railroad ties, reconstruction of around 35 road crossing surfaces and maintenance of signal systems, culverts and other track infrastructure are also included.”
“We remain committed to investing for the long haul to raise the bar on service for our customers across Quebec and North America, while continuing to strengthen our infrastructure in support of our unwavering commitment to railway safety.”
Work planned in Quebec includes upgrading the automated gate system at CN’s Montreal intermodal terminal, installation of 40 miles of new rail, and investing in technology to improve railway safety and customer service.
Installation of 155,000 railroad ties, reconstruction of around 35 road crossing surfaces and maintenance of signal systems, culverts and other track infrastructure are also included.
The company is also expected to hire more people at its Montreal headquarters, where more than 300 IT professionals were recruited last year.
In Quebec, CN has a rail network of more than 2,000 miles connecting various key regions in the province, including the Port of Montreal.
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