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UP, NS to offer faster westbound BlueStreak service between Atlanta and L.A.


Union Pacific Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway soon will enter the second phase in providing a shorter and faster intermodal route between Los Angeles and the Southeast.

On Sept. 10, the Class Is will shift westbound domestic Atlanta-to-L.A service from a Memphis, Tenn., gateway to a new Shreveport, La., gateway. The railroads plan to offer an “on-time or free” guarantee on BlueStreak SuperFlyer service between the Southeast and L.A.

The new westbound service will feature a fourth morning BlueStreak service from Atlanta to L.A.; fifth morning service from Charlotte, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla.; and sixth morning service from Miami.

Westbound BlueStreak trains will use the Meridian Speedway — an NS/Kansas City Southern joint venture line — between Shreveport and Meridian, Miss. Shorter and faster eastbound BlueStreak service launched in May has been running 99.9 percent on time, the railroads said.