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Network Efficiencies

CN operates 20,500 route-miles of track. Our focus is efficiency, running an efficient railroad and constantly evaluating our infrastructure. In line with our emphasis on efficiency, we interrupt railway service on a line that is no longer profitable to operate.

Our network plan encompasses our tracks across Canada

Our network plan, which consists of a comprehensive list of all CN railway lines in Canada, indicates CN's intention for each portion of track within the next three years: retain (continue the operation of the line) or discontinue (total interruption of railway activity on the line).

This option applies to lines whose potential for profitability is very weak. The law obliges railways, however, to offer this line to private interests for a period of at least 60 days for the purpose of continuing railway operations. If no interest is shown, or no agreement is concluded within six months, or if the transfer is not completed, the Company must offer to transfer to the relevant governments, transit authorities and municipal administrations all of its interest in the line in question for not more than its net salvage value.

Our plan updates keep you in the loop

To keep you in the loop, this three-year plan is updated on an on-going basis. Our last update (below) was August 15, 2017.

Three-Year Rail Network Plan (Canada) (PDF)

This plan is available from the following offices:

Montreal: CN
Public Affairs
935 de La Gauchetiere Street West, Floor 16
Montreal, QC
H3B 2M9

Ottawa: CN
Government Affairs
Suite 100, 1 Rideau Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 8S7

Toronto: CN
Public Affairs
MacMillan Administration Building
Floor 1 
1 Administration Road
Concord, ON
L4K 1B9

Edmonton: CN
Public Affairs
Walker Operations Building
10229, 127 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5E 0B9