Canada’s largest railway is making the investments to improve operations and stay ahead trucking changes.
Work stoppage would have caused plant closures in the $55-billion chemicals and plastics industry.
It expects to transport 3% to 4% more volumes of cargo throughout the year.
That makes three of Canada’s largest suburban rail networks for the Montreal transportation giant.
Tank car manufacturers face higher costs, railways would need to retool locomotives.
JD Irving operates NB&M Railways, which has nearly 900 kilometres of track in Maine and New Brunswick.