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CSXT, Delaware & Hudson seek STB approval for joint-use corridor


ÇSX Transportation and Canadian Pacific subsidiary Delaware & Hudson Railway Co. (D&H) recently filed an application with the Surface Transportation Board seeking approval of a joint-use corridor arrangement that would improve operating efficiency for both railroads.

CSXT and D&H plan to jointly use a north-south corridor linking the New York City area with an international border at Rouses Point, N.Y. The corridor would include a line operated by D&H between Rouses Point Junction and Albany, N.Y., and CSXT’s line between Albany and Fresh Pond, N.Y.

D&H would operate all trains between Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Rouses Point while both railroads would operate between Albany and Saratoga Springs. The joint-use arrangement would cut transit time to Albany by more than 45 percent, and reduce transit miles by 35 percent and gross-ton miles by 442 million, the railroads estimate. In addition, the roads would create a more efficient corridor for traffic moving between eastern Canada and the eastern United States, and reduce fuel consumption, CSXT and D&H officials said in a joint statement.

The arrangement also calls for CSXT to handle certain D&H freight moving between Albany and New York City’s Bronx and Queens boroughs; D&H to increase service frequency between Montreal and metropolitan New York City; and D&H to retain trackage rights between Albany and Fresh Pond.

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