Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern drop more joint intermodal service

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Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern have announced tweaks to their interline intermodal service in the wake of major changes made earlier this year that dropped nearly 500 low-volume lanes.

The latest moves, which take effect on July 1, follow the same theme: Favoring high-density routes that support steel wheel interchange in Chicago and Memphis.

This round of changes is limited to domestic origins on UP and international origins on NS.

NS and UP will drop westbound interline international service in 78 lanes and make terminal changes for a dozen other origin-destination pairs.

UP and NS will drop domestic service from the City of Industry terminal outside Los Angeles to Buffalo, N.Y.; as well as from Dallas to Buffalo; Toledo, Ohio; and Taylor, Pa.

In 18 other instances, UP and NS will consolidate domestic service at higher-volume destinations. Traffic from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Bethlehem, Morrisville, and Taylor, Pa., for example, will now use the Norfolk Southern terminal in Harrisburg, Pa.

“In January and February, Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern rationalized small volume lanes to reduce train complexity. At that time, we also designed new high-density blocking that will increase the velocity on our interchange at our major interline gateways. The result of this initiative will be a more fluid and less complex interchange between the two rail carriers in Chicago and Memphis, which will reduce transit times and improve customers' experience,” UP said in its May 31 service advisory.

“These changes are designed to reduce train plan complexity along key routes, allow for greater operational flexibility, and improve terminal fluidity in key markets,” NS said in its customer advisory.

Separately, NS also is dropping international intermodal service between Detroit and Baltimore.

UP and NS in January and February dropped joint service between 480 origin-destination pairs as they streamlined their intermodal operations as part of a shift toward operating plans based on Precision Scheduled Railroading.

Details about the UP changes are available online

The NS intermodal changes are available online. 

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