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BNSF and CSX to create coast-to-coast intermodal corridor, expand route's capacity


BNSF Railway Co. and CSX Corp. are teaming up to address two intermodal issues: rapid traffic growth and constrained capacity. The Class Is reached an agreement to jointly create a high-volume intermodal corridor on the lines connecting California and the Southeast, and expand capacity along the route.

In early 2007, the railroads plan to begin operating two intermodal trains daily in each direction between the West Coast and Southeast. In addition, BNSF will expand capacity on its lines between Avard, Okla., Memphis, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala.; and CSX will add sidings on its line between Birmingham and Atlanta, and expand its Fairburn, Ga., intermodal terminal. The projects are scheduled to be completed at 2007’s end.

“The agreement provides the future opportunity for BNSF to establish an Atlanta-area intermodal facility on CSX to provide our customers more options for their Southeast growth,” said BNSF Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer John Lanigan in a prepared statement.

The pact — which expands the terms of a 2001 BNSF and CSX agreement that would have expired in 2007 — also calls for continuing interline service between Memphis and Florida, and improving connections to the Carolinas and other key Southeast markets.

“This agreement enables CSX to provide more seamless and reliable service … and complements CSX Transportation’s ongoing capacity expansions in our Southeastern markets,” said CSX EVP of Sales and Marketing Clarence Gooden.

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