CN, CSX link together to better serve northeast U.S., Canada

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Canadian Northern (CN) and CSX will join together and serve more of the northeast starting Oct. 7. The two Class 1s announced a new intermodal service offering between CN’s greater Montreal & Southern Ontario areas and the CSX-served ports of Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and the New York City metropolitan area.

“Over the long term, the freight market will increasingly depend on demand driven by the consumer economy and the rail industry must create new intermodal services that can successfully rival the over-the-road options,” says JJ Ruest, president and chief executive officer at CN. “This interline service fits perfectly with our strategic focus on feeding our unique network through organic and inorganic growth opportunities, including extending our reach into new geographic markets.”

“This new intermodal offering aims to convert long-haul trucks to interline rail services,” explains Keith Reardon, senior vice president of consumer product supply chain at CN. “Trains will run directly into the heart of the metropolitan markets of Toronto and Montreal via CN intermodal yards, making this partnership a natural opportunity for both railroads.”

CSX President and CEO Jim Foote says a link into Canada answers a need expressed by customers. It also will allow the railroad company, based in Jacksonville, Fla., to capture market share from trucks and increases capacity on the rails. More capacity is needed to handle larger container ships coming into the Port of Philadelphia and the Port of New York and New Jersey.

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