Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Meridian Southern plans buildout to NS yard

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Meridian Southern Railway LLC (MDS), a 55.5-mile short line, has asked the Surface Transportation Board for authority to build 1,910 feet of track in Lauderdale County, Miss., to extend existing MDS track to the Norfolk Southern yard in Meridian.

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This will give MDS a connection to the NS main line in addition to its existing connection with the Kansas City Southern main line.

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"MDS anticipates that the proposed connecting track will provide existing shippers and consignees with improved access to the national rail system by addition of a routing option with more efficient flow and adding pricing competition," STB said on Wednesday as it announced the application.

STB expects to grant MDS the requested authority barring a possible stay based on environmental or historic issues, on which MDS has already submitted its own review.