Friday, September 22, 2017

CSX restores service post-Irma

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CSX reports that it “rapidly restored service throughout the areas affected by Hurricane Irma,” which struck Florida on Sunday, Sept. 10, with devastating winds and flooding. The railroad says it re-established rail service “in most of the southeast U.S. within hours, into and out of northern Florida within 24 hours, and throughout the vast majority of the state within one week.”

Following Irma, restoring service required clearing nearly 8,000 fallen trees from obstructed tracks and deploying hundreds of generators to operate railroad signals and crossings in response to widespread commercial power outages. Prior to the storm, CSX evacuated more than 1,500 railcars from the State of Florida, and held nearly 200 trains and thousands of cars to avoid damage from the hurricane.

In addition to restoring rail operations, CSX also has been active in helping communities and individuals recover from the impacts of Hurricane Irma through charitable contributions and in-kind donations to local, state and national relief agencies. Among them, CSX has contributed $100,000 and up to $50,000 in in-kind transportation services to Feeding Florida, to provide food and supplies to residents of the state affected by Irma. CSX also has worked with the State of Florida to expedite critical shipments of propane, animal feed and other commodities essential for residents of the peninsula.

“I’m extraordinarily proud of our team of dedicated railroaders, who worked tirelessly to prepare for and respond to the impacts of Hurricane Irma,” said CSX President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison. “Thanks to the dedication of these individuals, CSX was able to quickly and safely restore service to customers. CSX is committed to the well-being of the communities in which we operate. We are honored to partner with Feeding Florida to support Irma relief efforts throughout the state.”

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