NEW RICHMOND—Canadian National Railway (CN) is putting the finishing touches on a new inland shipping terminal on the outskirts of New Richmond, set to open on March 1, 2021.
The intermodal facility in New Richmond will allow freight in shipping containers to move between rail and truck transport. Intermodal rail stations give the option of moving more freight over rail lines, rather than trucking it, which can save fuel and reduce highway congestion.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary-designee Craig Thompson explains the benefits of such a facility.
“CN’s new intermodal terminal in New Richmond will be a very important asset for our state’s exporters, particularly farmers, hardwoods producers, and manufacturers based in northern and western Wisconsin. Our Freight Advisory Committee identified intermodal transportation as their top priority and I want to thank everyone who worked together toward this goal.”
CN spans Canada and reaches through the Midwest on its way to Louisiana. It transports more than 300 million tons of goods throughout North America every year.
“The New Richmond terminal is strategically located at the center of the CN network, allowing direct access to our reliable, three-coast rail network for importing vehicles and consumer products from around the globe,” says Keith Reardon, Senior Vice-President, Consumer Product Supply Chain at CN.
In Wisconsin, CN has invested approximately $970 million in capital improvement projects for its roughly 1400 miles of rail line, providing more than 1400 jobs throughout the state.