On Saturday, CSX Intermodal launched an Interline Throughput Initiative (ITI) to improve international container interchanges in Chicago, New Orleans, Memphis, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala.
ITI is designed to eliminate “excessive” switching at the four gateways and dedicate resources to “high-volume, double-stack steel-wheel interchanges that will facilitate faster connections, increase throughput capacity and improve service consistency,” according to a prepared statement.
CSXI will continue to offer connecting service between its terminals and West Coast on-dock facilities served by BNSF Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad. Under ITI, CSXI will require the western Class Is to adhere to blocked double-stack cars when interchanging eastbound traffic with CSXI at the gateways. CSXI also will restrict westbound interchanges to double-stack cars.