Ohio, Indiana Terminals Added to NS Program

Norfolk Southern has expanded its conductor trainee incentive program to include terminals in Bellevue; Elkhart, Indiana; and Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The Class 1 railroad is offering eligible conductor trainees a starting bonus of $5,000. This increases to 12 the number of terminals at which NS is offering the incentives.

Other terminals already in the bonus program include Cincinnati; Harrisburg and Conway, Pennsylvania; Louisville, Kentucky; and Buffalo, New York.

The terminals are considered “priority” locations at which NS has been experiencing operating crew shortages.

Newly-hired conductors undergo 10 to 13 weeks of training with the first two weeks held at the company’s training center in McDonough, Georgia. The remaining training takes place at the terminal to which the conductor has been assigned.

NS said conductors who finish the training program are guaranteed a minimum yearly income of $52,000 with guaranteed minimum earnings increasing over a four-year period to approximately $63,500.

In a news release, NS officials said most conductors earn far above the guaranteed minimum due to “additional work opportunities.”

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