CPKC Launches Mexico Midwest Express Intermodal Service

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
(CPKC Photograph)

(CPKC Photograph)

Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) on May 11 kicked off daily intermodal service between the Midwest and Mexico with trains MMX-180 and MMX-181, which now link Chicago, Kansas City, Texas markets, Monterrey and San Luis Potosi.

CPKC said its Mexico Midwest Express (MMX) trains offer third-day service to/from Laredo, fourth-day service to/from Monterrey, and 4.5-day service to/from San Luis Potosi. MMX provides total transit time of 98 hours from Chicago to San Luis Potosi. The railroad noted that a diverse group of shippers, moving a variety of products, will use the service.

Dedicated intermodal service between Lázaro Cardenas, Mexico and Chicago began operating as a proof of concept on an interline basis in March 2022, between then Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern, which merged April 14.

“The Mexico Midwest Express offers truly best-in-class service and represents the growth potential of providing truck-competitive service and reliable rail transportation options for shippers with the newly combined CPKC,” CPKC President and CEO Keith Creel said. “This is a game changer for this essential north-south trade corridor. Customers already are signing up for these new options as we compete hard to grow our business.” 

The MMX announcement follows multi-year agreements with Schneider and with Knight-Swift that the Class I railroad announced last month.

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