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CN And Norfolk Southern Joint Interline Service Reducing Transcontinental Transit Times By Up To 48 Hours

Nov 7, 2017 - 2 years ago

By Supply Post

Collaboration adds more service consistency through greater Chicago gateway for freight between Western Canada and Eastern U.S.

CNW/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) recently announced that a new joint interline service initiative is reducing transit times by one to two days for carload traffic between Western Canada and NS destinations in the Eastern United States.

This seamless interline service, established in August, allows freight to bypass traditional interchange points in Chicago, in favor of using the most efficient existing CN and NS routes. The service has reduced transit times by up to 48 hours, providing customers more efficient delivery to final destinations.

CN and NS are interchanging two eastbound and two westbound manifest trains daily through greater Chicago, connecting CN's network in Western Canada and NS' network in the Eastern United States as part of the new service. Traffic is interchanging at NS' major rail yard in Elkhart, Ind., avoiding extra handlings in the Chicago terminal.

Jim Squires, Norfolk Southern chairman, president and chief executive officer, said: "Together, CN and NS have re-engineered our Chicago connections to provide shippers with a new superior-service shipping option. Customers on both railways are seeing faster and more reliable service, benefitting their supply chains." Luc Jobin, CN president and chief executive officer, said: "Through collaboration, CN and NS are bringing more efficiencies to the supply chain as we deliver higher and more reliable levels of service to our customers."

CN and NS continue to explore adding additional traffic to the new interline service. About CN

CN is a true backbone of the economy whose team of approximately 23,000 railroaders transports more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the company's website at

About Norfolk Southern Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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