Canadian Pacific to re-open Chicago-area yard to intermodal traffic

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CHICAGO — Rising intermodal volumes in Chicago have prompted Canadian Pacific to revive its Schiller Park intermodal terminal for inbound loads.

CP consolidated its Chicago intermodal operations at its terminal at Bensenville Yard in 2012. The former Soo Line facility at Schiller Park remained in use as a container storage yard, spokesman Andy Cummings says, but on March 12 was reopened as a terminal for inbound intermodal shipments.

CP’s intermodal volume is up 7.7 percent this year based on units carried, but is up 11.8 percent on a revenue ton-miles basis, the favored metric of the Canadian railways.

The move to activate Schiller Park as an intermodal terminal comes a few weeks before CP will begin hauling the bulk of Ocean Network Express international traffic out of the Port of Vancouver in British Columbia.

Beginning April 1, CP will begin carrying 85 percent of the Ocean Network Express traffic at the Port of Vancouver. Ocean Network Express, or ONE, is the new combination of shipping companies K-Line, MOL, and NYK.

CP currently handles K-Line traffic, which represents a third of the consortium’s business in Canada. CN, meanwhile, currently carries MOL and NYK containers.
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