Norfolk Southern begins direct service to new intermodal facility at Savannah

by Canadian Shipper

Norfolk Southern Railway Company is now providing exclusive rail service to the new Mason Intermodal Container Transfer Facility located at and operated by the Port of Savannah, Ga.

The Savannah facility offers a number of benefits for Norfolk Southern customers, which include direct rail service to the port, efficient transfer of containers between rail and ship, improved performance in key lanes and new east-west services to be launched later this summer.

“The Savannah market is very important for Norfolk Southern, not only because of the Port of Savannah and the waterborne trades that it serves, but also because of the transcontinental freight that originates and terminates in the area. We have been working in close partnership with the Georgia Port Authority to open this
facility, and we believe that the Mason Intermodal Container Transfer Facility will provide tremendous opportunities for both of us and significant benefits for our mutual customers,” said Mike McClellan, Norfolk Southern’s vice president Intermodal Marketing.

Savannah is the third in a series of new intermodal facilities opening this year on Norfolk Southern lines. Maple Heights, near Cleveland, began operating earlier this month, and Austell starts operations July 30. Initially, Norfolk Southern will operate dedicated intermodal trains three days a week between Savannah and Atlanta.

“Savannah will be one of the spokes of our new southeastern intermodal rail hub at Austell, near Atlanta. Transit times for traffic moving between Savannah and Atlanta should be reduced more than 50 percent,”McClellan said.

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