CN to build new intermodal hub west of Toronto

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A southbound CN container train at Sussex, Wis., on March 14, 2015.
Brian Schmidt
TORONTO – Canadian National plans to build a C$250-million intermodal and logistics hub adjacent to its main line in the Town of Milton, located about 30 miles west of Toronto. Milton has ready access to major highways reaching key industrial and commercial areas in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Claude Mongeau, CN president and CEO, says: "CN's advanced intermodal and logistics facility in Milton will help us efficiently handle growing intermodal traffic. The new hub will benefit our customers and the regional economy by improving central Canada's access to the key transborder market as well as the Pacific and Atlantic coast trade gateways we serve, generating new supply chain efficiencies in the GTHA, and creating well-paying local jobs."

CN's intermodal business – principally containerized international and domestic cargo moving in cooperation with trucks and ocean-going ships – is one of the company's fastest growing business segments and its largest single business unit with 2014 revenues of more than C$2.7 billion.

The new Milton facility will complement Brampton Intermodal Terminal, CN's existing Toronto-area intermodal terminal. That facility, located nearer the city core, is nearing capacity, however the railroad says it will continue to operate for the long term.

CN believes the new intermodal and logistics hub will generate specific supply chain benefits in the region by:
  • Facilitating logistics development in Milton and the Regional Municipality of Halton, the facility is expected to attract more warehousing distribution centres (DCs) and associated employment -- new DCs have opened near Milton in recent years owing to land availability and good access to the highway system;
  • Supplying additional intermodal capacity and container availability for exporters located in the southwest area of the GTHA, and;
  • Creating more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs in Milton and Halton Region.
The railroad will submit a complete project description of the planned Milton hub to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency for review.

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