Friday, April 30, 2010

CSX and D&H propose joint use of NYC-Canada corridor

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CSX Transportation and Canadian Pacific subsidiary Delaware & Hudson Railway have asked the Surface Transportation Board to approve a joint use arrangement in a north-south rail corridor linking the New York City metropolitan area with the international border at Rouses Point, N.Y. The joint-use corridor would include a line operated by D&H between Rouses Point Junction and Albany, N.Y.

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As described in a statement Thursday, “D&H would operate all trains between Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Rouses Point. Both railroads would conduct their own train operations between Albany and Saratoga Springs. Some of this traffic now moves over CSXT’s Massena Line, which runs from Syracuse, N.Y., to Huntington, Province of Quebec. The joint use arrangement would improve the transit time of this traffic to Albany by more than 45%, reduce transit miles by 35% and gross ton-miles by 442 million.”

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The plan also calls for CSXT to handle certain D&H freight moving between Albany, N.Y., and the New York City boroughs of The Bronx and Queens, and enables D&H to offer significantly “greater frequency of service between Montreal and metropolitan New York City. D&H also will retain previously STB approved trackage rights between Albany and Fresh Pond (Queens).”

CSXT and D&H said they will continue to serve all current customers, including local shippers on CSXT along the Massena Line.