Tuesday, January 26, 2010

BNSF touts reduction in intermodal transit times

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BNSF Railway said Tuesday it has reduced transit schedules on 60% of its Domestic Intermodal Premium Container traffic, and added 16 more days of service.

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The changes include a reduction in travel time by 7-to-10 hours on BNSF’s premier Transcontinental route between Los Angeles/San Bernardino and Chicago, giving customers a morning availability and allowing forsame-day delivery. BNSF says it also reduced transit time between Memphis and Los Angeles by 4-to-6 hours, and increased Houston inbound and outbound day-of-week frequency. 

“These changes are a direct result of feedback from our domestic carrier customers on what they need to attract more over-the-road freight to a truck-rail intermodal solution,” said George Duggan, BNSF vice president, Domestic Intermodal.

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“We’re pleased to have worked with BNSF to create improved intermodal service offerings for the marketplace,” said Paul Bergant, J.B. Hunt chief marketing officer and president, Intermodal. “These changes come just in time for bid season and allow us to attract more retailers to the efficiencies that truck-rail intermodal has to offer.”

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Said Dave Howland, Schneider Intermodal vice president, Rail Management, “These changes not only better fit the needs of our customers, but they also offer customers the single most effective way to reduce emissions in their transportation service, potentially reducing carbon emissions on average by more than 50%.”

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“With more capacity, speed and now better service options, these service enhancements allow Swift to continue to provide its customers with flexibility and trucklike reliability at a cost-effective price,” said Mark Young, president, Swift Intermodal.