Monday, September 17, 2012

CP touts faster transcontinental service

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Canadian Pacific Monday said it has launched new faster intermodal train services connecting Vancouver, British Columbia, to Toronto or Chicago.

The new schedules remove a day from the 2,600-mile Toronto-to-Vancouver transcontinental trains and two days from the 2,200-mile Vancouver-to-Chicago train service.

"With lower dwell times in our terminals, more efficient transit times, and optimized asset utilization, we can provide this improved service," said Canadian Pacific Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Jane O'Hagan. "As part of the global supply chain we want to help our customers be more competitive in the markets they serve."

Through a complete redesign of the railway's transcontinental package, combined with the benefits from previous capital investments to CP's network, shippers looking for fast and reliable shipping solutions with consistent overall transit time can take advantage of CP's new schedules to reach existing and emerging North American and international markets, the company said.

CP noted more enhancements are being pilot tested across the network in an effort to generate additional service improvements.