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NS, CSXT resume service in most terrorist-affected areas


CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway Sept. 12 resumed normal freight operations in New York City, Boston and Washington, a day after operations were suspended due to terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

However, NS officials decided to suspend operations in the North Jersey Shared Asset Area for another day and CSXT's New York/New Jersey Port Authority terminal at Dockside will remain closed.

NS and CSXT officials warned customers to expect delays in New York, Boston and Washington due to congestion caused by the restricted operations.

Both Class Is Sept. 11 reduced speeds throughout the remainder of their eastern networks, but railroad officials now expect all traffic to run at normal velocity.

Meanwhile, CSXT's 17 TRANSFLO facilities — including terminals in Boston, Elizabeth, N.J., Philadelphia, Wilmington, Del., and Baltimore — reopened Sept. 12 after closing following the attacks.

Although the East Coast terrorism mostly affected the two eastern Class Is, Union Pacific Railroad officials Sept. 11 decided to tighten the western railroad's security in light of the attacks.

UP opened a command post in the railroad's Harriman Dispatching Center, and increased security along mainlines and at bridges, tunnels and other areas. UP police limited access only to employees at centralized computer and communications centers, and office buildings.

Also, UP allowed only employees and pick-up or delivery drivers to enter yards or terminals.

"We have a responsibility to keep our nation's vital rail-transport link open," said UP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dick Davidson in a prepared statement. "We'll continue to accept freight and serve our customers at all UP facilities while we're enhancing safety."