Watch for changes coming to Union Pacific's Chicago intermodal operations

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WAUKESHA, Wis. — Watch for major changes to Union Pacific's Chicago-based intermodal operations this month.

Rumors are already swirling about specific traffic shifts and operations changes, but the only definite details available come from a May 2 UP notice announcing Intermodal re-shuffling.

Specifically, railroad officials say they've sought to "simplify" Chicago intermodal operations by idling Global 3 intermodal ramp early this month with the Canal Street Container Depot following shortly thereafter.

The railroad's news release says that intermodal operations will consolidate around Global 2, which is expected to handle U.S. cargo; Global 4 will handle mostly international freight; while Yard Center will handle auto parts.

"While these changes to the Chicago intermodal complex allow us to streamline operations and offer faster loading and unloading of containers, they will also result in benefits to our customers," according to the release.

A source familiar with Chicago railroading also tells Trains that Union Pacific has plans to idle the hump at Proviso Yard and may have stopped operations completely as of Monday.

A Union Pacific representative tells Trains the only publicly available information is contained in the May 2 news release online

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