On Oct. 7, 2019, CN and CSX will launch a new intermodal service linking CN’s greater Montreal and Southern Ontario areas with CSX-served ports in Philadelphia and New York/New Jersey.
“Over the long term, the freight market will increasingly depend on demand driven by the consumer economy, and the rail industry must create new intermodal services that can successfully [compete with] over-the road options,” said CN President and CEO and Railway Age 2019 Railroader of the Year JJ Ruest. “This interline service fits perfectly with our strategic focus on feeding our unique network through organic and inorganic growth opportunities, including extending our reach into new geographic markets.”
“This new intermodal offering aims to convert long-haul trucks to interline rail services,” explained CN Senior Vice President Consumer Product Supply Chain Keith Reardon. “Trains will run directly into the heart of the metropolitan markets of Toronto and Montreal via CN intermodal yards, making this partnership a natural opportunity for both railroads.”
“CSX is pleased to work with CN to deliver superior all-rail intermodal service into the Montreal and Toronto markets,” said CSX President and CEO Jim Foote. “Answering a need expressed by our customers, this new service positions us to capture market share from trucks and increases capacity in these expedited lanes, as larger container ships call at the Port of Philadelphia and Port of New York and New Jersey.”
“At CSX, we’re continually evaluating our network to increase efficiency and improve the quality of the service we offer to customers,” added CSX Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing Mark Wallace. “Offering all-rail intermodal service from the East Coast to Montreal and Toronto aligns with our objectives for providing faster, more efficient service while positioning CSX and CN for growth.”