Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern introduced Gulf Coast Flyer, a rail service for the safe transport of chemicals between the Union Pacific-served southern Texas and Louisiana regions and Norfolk Southern destinations across the northeastern and southeastern United States.
Flyer is designed to build on improved routing and enhanced operations
coordination between the two railroads, leaders in serving the chemical
marketplace. This product promotes expedited service for customers between the
Gulf Coast region and major markets across the Northeast and Southeast.
Eastbound and westbound shipments between the two railroads connect at the
Salem, Ill., and New Orleans, La., gateways.
and Norfolk Southern made a combined investment of $740 million in terminals,
main lines, bridges and sidings along Gulf Coast Flyer lanes from 2006-08 to
strengthen service and enhance safety and reliability. As a result, transit
times for shipments moving in major joint lanes improved by more than 20
percent for shippers. At the same time, the consistency of service improved by
investment in these lanes combined with increased coordination between our two
railroads directly benefits our customers," said Diane Duren, vice
president and general manager of Chemicals for Union Pacific. "Transit
times in these lanes are faster, which lowers inventory carrying costs for
customers. It also allows them to turn their private equipment faster, getting
better utilization from their assets. Service reliability also is improved,
providing our customers with greater supply chain efficiencies."
In addition to
the focus on improved service and coordination, the two railroads have worked
to continue their focus on safety. An important part of that effort has been
through ongoing training efforts with TRANSCAER (Transportation Community
Awareness and Emergency Response), the voluntary national outreach effort to
help communities prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous material
transportation incident. Working with TRANSCAER, Union Pacific and Norfolk
Southern have helped train more than 5,000 responders in communities along Gulf
Coast Flyer lanes since 2006.
work together to offer a faster, more reliable product for customers, safety
remains a primary focus for both of our teams," said Joe Osborne, vice
president – chemicals for Norfolk Southern. "With Gulf Coast Flyer
service, we offer the safety and environmental advantages of shipping by rail,
along with the expedited transit and reliable service advantages customers
require in these critical markets."