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9/25/2001



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

NS, CPR continue recent Class I collaboration trend


Norfolk Southern Corp. and Canadian Pacific Railway Sept. 25 created a joint intermodal service between the Port of New York/New Jersey and Eastern Canada designed to reduce transit time from three to two days.

The service — set to begin Oct. 1 — initially would offer departures in each direction Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. CPR would provide a connecting import-export container service at Montreal for port-to-Western Canada moves.

"This service blurs the line between train and truck — in fact, truckers have already been asking to use it," said Lawre Allen, CPR vice president of intermodal and automotive, in a prepared statement. "With second-morning arrival, they're interested in putting their container loads on our trains, saving the cost of fuel and drivers, and avoiding the risk of highway congestion and border delays that can delay deliveries and drive up their costs."

NS and CPR plan to use the port's on-dock ExpressRail intermodal terminal and provide priority passage through railroad terminals along the route.


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