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Infinity Transportation unveils refrigerated container service; Lineage Logistics expands cold storage facility


Infinity Transportation (IT) has announced plans to launch an expedited domestic intermodal service in mid-November that will target refrigerated container cargo moving between the Pacific Northwest and points in the Midwest and East Coast.

The company's intermodal operating platform will be Infinity Transportation Logistics L.L.C. (ITL) and daily operations will be managed from a dedicated facility in Kansas City, Mo. The service will feature state-of-the-art, 53-foot refrigerated containers and will focus on frozen foods and other refrigerated products that need to be transported from Washington and Oregon to the Midwest and East Coast, IT officials said in a press release.

The only regularly scheduled refrigerated domestic intermodal service from Washington state to the Midwest and East Coast, the expedited door-to-door service will depart intermodal ramps in Seattle and Spokane, Wash., and Portland, Ore., six days per week, they said. BNSF Railway Co. will provide intermodal service via the Seattle, Portland and Spokane ramps.

Transit time is projected to be about six days to the Midwest and eight to nine days to various East Coast destinations.

ITL's service radius will be about 160 miles from intermodal ramps in Seattle, Spokane and Portland. A return service will be available to bring back refrigerated and frozen foods, and some dry goods from the Midwest and East Coast to the Pacific Northwest, IT officials said.

Meanwhile, warehousing and logistics company Lineage Logistics has started to expand its cold storage distribution facility in Tacoma, Wash.

To be completed in 2015, the project will nearly triple the facility’s frozen storage capacity and provide expanded dock capacity to accommodate cross-dock activity and intermodal rail business, Lineage Logistics officials said in a press release. The facility has access to the Port of Tacoma, BNSF and Union Pacific Railroad lines, and several highways, including Interstates 5 and 90.

After the expansion is completed, Lineage Logistics will manage about 1.5 million square feet of refrigerated warehousing space at five warehouses in Seattle, Algona, Tacoma and Centralia, Wash.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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