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CN recognizes sustainability efforts of customers, supply chain partners

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 9/10/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image CN is honoring 47 customers and supply chain partners for their sustainability practices. The honorees will be recognized at a ceremony to be held later this month in Montreal. CN's EcoConnexions Partnership Program recognizes companies that are committed to sustainability by reducing their environmental footprint. EcoConnexions programs engage employees, communities and customers to help the Class I achieve its goals of reducing air emissions, conserving resources and increasing biodiversity, CN officials said in a press release. In collaboration with Tree Canada, CN is planting 120,000 trees this year in Canada and the United States to honor the 47 "sustainability leaders," they said. "For CN, sustainability means moving customer goods safely, being environmentally responsible, attracting and developing the best railroaders, helping build stronger communities, and adhering to the highest governance standards," said Janet Drysdale, CN's vice president of financial planning who oversees the company's sustainability team. A list of the 47 honorees is available here.

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CN, COSCO extend intermodal pact

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 9/5/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image COSCO Shipping has chosen CN to be its exclusive rail provider for its discharge at the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Montreal and Halifax, the Class I announced yesterday."By choosing CN to service all inland destinations on the network, COSCO will be well-positioned to benefit from a unique tri-coastal access," said Keith Reardon, CN's senior vice president of consumer product supply chain, in a press release.The agreement with COSCO is the latest in recently signed strategic contracts, Reardon noted. Last month, CN and CSX announced a new intermodal service that will be offered between CN's greater Montreal and southern Ontario areas, and the CSX-served ports of Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey."This new exclusive Canadian partnership further reinforces our relationship and our commitment to providing the best intermodal rail service," Reardon said of the COSCO arrangement.

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CN to acquire Massena rail line from CSX

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 8/30/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image CN announced yesterday it has signed an agreement to acquire from CSX the 220-mile Massena rail line between Valleyfield, Quebec, and Woodard, New York.The line serves many cities in the province of Quebec, including Beauharnois and Huntingdon, and in the state of New York, including Massena, Norwood, Potsdam and Gouverneur."With this acquisition from CSX, we are opening up new opportunities for our existing customers and local businesses who will be able to access new markets through CN’s unique three coasts network,” said CN President and Chief Executive Officer JJ Ruest in a press release.CSX's decision to sell the line is part of the railroad's "broader initiative to generate value from non-core assets," CSX officials said in a prepared statement."An estimated 60 employees will be impacted by the transaction, and we are working with them to provide support throughout the transition," they added. "We are confident in the ability of CN to provide safe and effective service for our valued customers on the Massena Line."The deal's terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is subject to regulatory review.The pending acquisition is the second agreement announced between the two Class Is in the past month. On Aug. 8, the railroads said they agreed to launch a new intermodal service between CN's greater Montreal and Southern Ontario network, and the CSX-served ports of Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and the New York City area. That agreement, which will take effect Oct. 7, is aimed at moving freight from trucks to rail. The new intermodal service will help reduce congestion in New York in a sustainable manner, CN officials said.

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Canadian government to negotiate with CN over Quebec Bridge's future

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 8/26/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image Construction on the bridge was completed in 1917.Photo – shutterstock.com

The Canadian government has appointed a special negotiator to work with CN on a plan to restore the over century-old Quebec Bridge in Quebec City.

The negotiator is Yvon Charest, former president and chief executive officer of iA Financial Group in Quebec City, federal officials said in a press release issued by Infrastructure Canada.

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G3 opens grain elevator on CN line in Saskatchewan

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 8/21/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image G3 has five more elevators under construction in Alberta, with one scheduled to open later this year and the rest in 2020.Photo – G3

G3 last week marked the opening of its new high-efficiency grain elevator on a CN line in Maidstone, Saskatchewan.

Similar to the company's other modern grain elevators across western Canada, the new facility features fast truck-unloads and a railway loop track that can load a 150-car train, G3 officials said in a press release.

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