Friday, January 08, 2010

NS seeks to withdraw from shared Baltimore track

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Norfolk Southern has asked the SurfaceTransportation Board for permission to cease service on its Cockeysville, Md.,branch, which it operates at night under a temporal separation agreement with Maryland Transit Administration. MTA's light rail transit trains in Baltimore ply the line by day, as part of its Hunts Valley Line service.

NS acquired operating rights over the ex-PennsylvaniaRailroad line when Conrail was partitioned between NS and CSX in 1999. The route once served trains linking Baltimore and Harrisburg, Pa.