Rail interline service

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

MONTREAL and NORFOLK, Virginia — CN and Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS) announced a new joint interline service initiative that 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’s network in the Eastern United States as part of the new service. Traffic is interchanging at NS’s major rail yard in Elkhart, Ind., avoiding extra handlings in the Chicago terminal.

Jim Squires, Norfolk Southern chairman, president and CEO, 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 CEO, 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.