CSX to End Intermodal Drop Service in 300 Markets

CSX plans to eliminate in January intermodal drop service between 300 intermodal origin-destination pairs, including some in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

Intermodal traffic originating or terminating in those cities will instead arrive and depart by highway and be placed on trains at the Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal in North Baltimore, Ohio.

At the same time, CSX plans to introduce new services in seven domestic markets as it continues its ongoing efforts to focus its intermodal network on higher-density and more profitable routes.

Earlier CSX announced new interline services with BNSF and Union Pacific.

CSX officials have said the changes are expected to build more point-to-point service linking high-volume terminals in a bid to reduce operational complexity and bolster profitability.

“The January service changes are part of the overall CSX network strategy to improve service consistency and prepare the network for sustainable growth now and in the future,” said Maryclare Kenney, vice president of intermodal and automotive, in an advisory to shippers.

She said the changes will alleviate congestion in Chicago and improve the reliability of intermodal service.

In some instances, CSX is recommending that shippers route containers to a nearby terminal.

Starting Jan. 2, CSX will end service to 231 domestic service lanes while suggesting that at least 60 of those lanes could involve shifting service to another terminal.

Many of the domestic service lanes that are being ended are interline services with Union Pacific and the railroads’ joint UMAX container pool. Others are shorter-haul routes.

Also on Jan. 2, CSX plans to end service in 65 international service lanes with recommendations to use alternate nearby terminals in more than two dozen of the affected routes.

Once the changes are implemented, CSX will offer intermodal service in 297 domestic service lanes and 202 international service lanes.

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