BNSF and NS team up to provide coast-to-coast, non-stop intermodal service

by Canadian Shipper

The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) and Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NS) are partnering to provide coast-to-coast, non-stop intermodal service for container loads of freight between California and the East Coast.

Effective immediately, eastbound and westbound service is available between Los Angeles, San Diego and San Bernardino, California, east coast cities Harrisburg, Morrisville, Bethlehem and Ameriport, Pa.; ERAIL, Dockside and Croxton, N.J.; Baltimore, Md.; and Norfolk, Va.

BNSF will provide service between Southern California and Chicago, while NS will provide service between Chicago and the East Coast.

“This new service reduces transcontinental transit times by at least a day for our customers. This agreement not only improves transit times, but allows us to provide shippers with coast-to-coast service that is a competitive, cost-efficient lternative to over-the-road shipping,” said Steve Branscum, group vice president, BNSF Consumer Products Business Unit.

“By offering a run-through service that eliminates Chicago cross-town truck ransfers, this integrated rail service increases reliability between major markets in the Northeast and Southern California. It will provide a higher level of service quality to our existing customers and give highway shippers an excellent alternative,” said Mike McClellan, vice president, NS Intermodal Marketing.

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