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CSX is the third-largest Class I in the United States. Its roots date back to the early 19th century, when the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co. — the nation's first common carrier — was chartered in 1827. The railroad's network stretches about 21,000 route miles through 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. More than two-thirds of the U.S. population resides within CSX's territory. The number of employees at the company — whose motto is, "How tomorrow moves" — exceeds 29,000. The railroad serves major markets in the eastern U.S. and accesses more than 70 ports along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, Mississippi River and St. Lawrence Seaway, and in the Great Lakes region. CSX also interchanges with more than 240 regionals and short lines. Carloads total about 4 million annually, with commodities ranging from coal, biodiesel and ethanol, to automobiles, chemicals, military equipment, forest products and consumer products. The company's rolling stock includes a fleet of more than 4,000 locomotives and 80,000 rail cars, and rail network includes 36 yards situated in 16 states. Principal officers include Joseph Hinrichs, president and chief executive officer; Nathan Goldman, executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary; Kevin Boone, executive vice president of sales and marketing; Sean Pelkey, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Diana Sorfleet, executive vice president and chief administrative officer; Stephen Fortune, executive vice president and chief digital and technology officer; Arthur Adams, senior vice president of sales; and Farrukh Bezar, senior vice president and chief strategy officer.
The late E. Hunter Harrison — who died on Dec. 16, 2017, after leading CSX since March 2017 and was succeeded by Foote — was the recipient of Progressive Railroading's Railroad Innovator of the Year Award for 2009. CSX subsidiaries include CSX Transportation Inc., CSX Intermodal Terminals, CSX Technology, CSX Real Property Inc., TRANSFLO and Total Distribution Services Inc.