Wednesday, June 19, 2013

CP speeds up Toronto-Calgary intermodal service

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Canadian Pacific said Wednesday, June 19 it has launched a faster intermodal rail service between Toronto and Calgary to better serve customers on this route. The new service offering cuts 20 hours from previous schedules, CP said.

The 20-hour service improvement means the 3,400-kilometer (about 2,100-mile) distance from Toronto to Calgary will now take 64 hours, CP noted.

"Customers are taking advantage of CP's faster transit times in major intermodal corridors, and given Calgary's importance as a Canadian distribution hub, improving this service is the next logical step," said Jane O'Hagan, CP's executive vice president and chief marketing officer. "We are helping our customers become more competitive in their own markets and offering previously unavailable options to business not currently shipping with CP."

O'Hagan added, "CP is focused on its commitment to faster, more reliable service for its customers. The improved schedule is made possible by pairing efficient train design at origin while leveraging a CP advantage; the shortest rail route between Toronto and Calgary."

Using similar practices in 2012, CP shortened schedules from Vancouver to Chicago and Vancouver to Toronto. Initiatives like these will continue to improve asset utilization while meeting customer demands for supply-chain improvements, CP said.

“We have reviewed all scheduling across CP's network to ensure efficient train meets and coordination, which includes building trains with blocks of cars for specific intermodal long-haul destinations, reducing the number of stops and streamlining the connections these transcontinental trains make en route to final destination,” a CP spokesman told Railway Age Wednesday.

“We have also been working with customers for more efficient origin and destination management,” the spokesman added.

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