NS Offering Bonus to Drayage Truckers

Truckers are being offered a financial incentive by Norfolk Southern in an effort to get intermodal traffic moving faster from facilities in Chicago and Kansas City, Missouri.

Trains magazine reported on its website that the program offers a $200 bonus every time that a drayage driver delivers a shipping container and departs with another container.

The Dual Mission Reward Program has been implemented in Chicago at the Landers Intermodal Facility, which is the railroad’s largest terminal handling international freight.

NS officials said the program is a test effort that grew out of conversations with shippers and truckers about ways to relieve supply chain congestion.

The Trains story noted that before implementing the bonus incentives program, truckers left Landers empty about 85 percent of the time. The goal of the program is to get more trucks to leave with loads, which will improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions and fuel use by reducing the number of truck trips required.

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