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RailRunner inaugurates Indiana-to-Florida intermodal service


Today, RailRunner N.A. Inc. announced it has launched RailReach short-haul intermodal service between Fort Wayne, Ind., and Jacksonville, Fla.

RailRunner uses a patented rail-car and container chassis system designed to operate on railroad track and highways. Freight is moved on and off track by a truck at a rail siding. The company uses rail and terminal resources provided by Norfolk Southern Corp. subsidiary Triple Crown Services Co.

"We have combined the flexibility of trucking with the cost advantages of rail so that businesses throughout the country can dramatically lower their shipping costs through our new short-haul intermodal capability," said RailRunner Chief Executive Officer Charles Foskett in a prepared statement.

Trucking and marine freight service provider Trailer Bridge Inc. is using RailReach to move export cargo destined for the Caribbean market via the Port of Jacksonville.

"There is substantial containerized traffic through the port of Jacksonville, but the lack of container facilities in Fort Wayne leaves the area around it underserved by the existing rail intermodal system," said Foskett. "The RailReach solution can make sense for container shippers as far away as northern Michigan who are moving goods to the Florida or Caribbean markets, and for manufacturers in the Southeast who want to reach the Indiana-Ohio-Michigan-Illinois container market cost-effectively."

RailRunner sells, leases and licenses intermodal transportation products, and operates RailReach container service.