CSX will begin the start of on-dock rail services at the Virginia Port Authority's APM Terminal in Portsmouth on Jan. 3, 2012.
With the conversion to on-dock rail service at APMT, customers will have the service that has been offered via drayage, but CSX will now use a rail connection with the Commonwealth Railway in Suffolk to access APMT. The new on-dock rail service builds upon the railroad’s National Gateway initiative to improve connectivity and efficiency between U.S. East Coast ports and the Midwest. As transition to this improved service connection:
• Customers with rail traffic originating at or destined to APMT should continue to rail bill their shipments as ‘Portsmouth APMT.
• Existing CSX rates for Portsmouth APMT will still apply after the service is converted to rail.
• All traffic en route at the time of the service conversion will be monitored closely and transferred by dray to APMT if it arrives at the CSX Portsmouth local ramp.
CSX will continue to provide rail service at the CSX Portsmouth ramp, as well as drayage service between Norfolk International Terminal (NIT) and Portsmouth ramp in coordination with Virginia International Terminals.