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9/28/2009



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

CSXI rolls out new international services, KCSM rolls out new container cars


CSX Intermodal (CSXI) recently launched two new international services that link Buffalo, N.Y., to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and Philadelphia, Pa.

The services, which began Sept. 21, use CSXI’s Buffalo terminal that opened last year, and help expand the company’s presence in the Buffalo and Toronto markets.

The service qualifies for shipper incentives offered by PANYNJ to support its on-dock rail operations: $25 for each container hauled by rail this year that exceeds a shipper’s 2008 rail volume and $25 per container for new intermodal on-dock services.

CSXI already offers intra-regional on-dock service at PANYNJ to the CSXI Stackbridge Terminal in Worcester, Mass., and provides similar services at other East Coast ports.

The new services are part of CSXI's efforts to help shippers “seize the opportunities presented by long-term trends shaping freight flows today, like all-water routes to the East Coast and regional intermodalism,” said CSXI President Jim Hertwig in a prepared statement.

Meanwhile, Kansas City Southern de México S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) recently took 16 flat cars out of storage and equipped the cars with pedestals to accommodate 20-foot containers. Each car is generating about 27 waybills per month in Lázáro Cárdenas and Veracruz, Mexico.  Ocean carriers are “expressing satisfaction” with the specially equipped flat cars, according to KCSM.


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