CN Rail has outlined steps to ramp up grain movement as quickly as possible for Saskatchewan farmers.
The transportation company’s Director of Grain Marketing, David Przednowek says February was a rather poor month for grain movement, averaging just 3400 hopper cars per week.
But he says additional locomotives and staff has been added to speed up grain shipments to 5000 hoppers car by the late stages of March.
“That includes temporarily restricting the flow of rail cars of commodities,” said Przednowek. “Except grain into the Edmonton-Winnipeg corridor.”
“Less congestions produces more capacity. Now, we started to see more recovery in grain shipment in week 31, spotting 4577 empties into the country on top of pulling loaded hoopers that are waiting to be pulled.”
Prednowek adds CN Rail is also spending $250 million this year to increase grain shipping capacity by expanding double track to the West Coast and other rail construction.