NS, UP Changing Some Interline Intermodal Service

Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific on July 1 will change some interline intermodal service lanes.

The carriers said the changes come on the heels of other changes made earlier this year that dropped nearly 500 low-volume lanes.

The latest service changes will drop westbound interline intermodal service in 78 lanes and make terminal changes for a dozen other origin-destination pairs.

Among the changes are dropping domestic service between the Industry Terminal near Los Angeles and Toledo, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Taylor, Pennsylvania.

NS and UP plan to consolidate domestic service at higher-volume destinations. The overall goal is to favor high-density routes that support steel wheel interchange in Chicago and Memphis, Tennessee.

The changes are limited to domestic origins on UP and international origins on NS.

NS also said it plans to discontinue international intermodal service between Detroit and Baltimore.

In a service advisory sent to shippers, UP said the changes seek to reduce transit times and improve customer experience.

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