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CN to Invest $55 Million in Minnesota Enabling Sustainable Growth, Improving Capacity and Advancing the Company’s Commitment to Safety

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Canadian National Railway
Canadian National Railway

CN is building the premier railway of the 21st century by investing in Minnesota

HOMEWOOD, Ill., June 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced today plans to invest approximately $55 million in Minnesota in 2022. This includes investments in technology, capacity, rolling stock units and company-wide decarbonization initiatives, as well as network improvements. These investments will power sustainable growth and ensure the continued safe movement of goods in Minnesota and everywhere on CN’s transcontinental network.

“We continue to make significant investments in our network, technology, and capacity. We are building the premier railroad of the 21st century to do even more for our customers, railroaders, shareholders, and the communities in which we operate.”

    - Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer of CN

“This past year, CN expertly navigated difficult circumstances and successfully kept critical goods moving across Minnesota, further proving that they are an essential link in our critical supply chains. I am incredibly grateful that CN has chosen to build upon their success in Minnesota by investing in local infrastructure and technology. I thank CN for their commitment to the Northland, and look forward to continuing our partnership with them for many years to come.”

    - Pete Stauber, U.S. Congressman, Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District

Maintenance program highlights include:

  • Replacing approximately 5 miles of rail;

  • Installing more than 105,000 new railroad ties;

  • Rebuilding 14 road crossing surfaces; and

  • Maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems, and other track infrastructure

Minnesota in numbers:

  • Capital investments: More than US$300 million in the last five years

  • Employees: approximately 540

  • Railroad route miles operated: 426

  • Community partnerships: US$126,000 in 2021

  • Local spending: US$123 million in 2021

  • Cash taxes paid: US$17 million in 2021

Forward-looking Statements
Certain statements included in this news release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and under Canadian securities laws. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The Company cautions that its assumptions may not materialize and that current economic conditions render such assumptions, although reasonable at the time they were made, subject to greater uncertainty. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “assumes,” “outlook,” “plans,” “targets,” or other similar words. Forward-looking statements reflect information as of the date on which they are made. CN assumes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect future events, changes in circumstances, or changes in beliefs, unless required by applicable securities laws. In the event CN does update any forward-looking statement, no inference should be made that CN will make additional updates with respect to that statement, related matters, or any other forward-looking statement.

About CN
CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the U.S. South through a 18,600-mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship.



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