Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern to Offer Fastest Service Between Southern California and Southeast
Omaha, Neb. and Norfolk, Va., April 30, 2007 Union Pacific Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway will significantly improve eastbound domestic transcontinental service from Los Angeles to the Southeast on May 21. The service improvement in this important high-volume lane will result from shifting traffic from the Memphis gateway to the new Shreveport, La., gateway.
This new route, combining Union Pacific’s Sunset Route between Los Angeles and Texas with Norfolk Southern’s and Kansas City Southern’s joint venture line between Shreveport and Meridian, Miss., is nearly 150 miles shorter than the current route, making it the shortest, fastest and most reliable intermodal route between Los Angeles and the Southeast. This change will result in the following improvements:
- Standard service to Atlanta will improve by one day to fifth-morning availability.
- BlueStreak premium service to Atlanta now will be available on the fourth afternoon, providing truck-competitive transit speeds of 600 miles per day.
- Cut-off times in Los Angeles have been moved to later in the day to allow more shipments to depart on that evening’s train. All eastbound domestic shipments will originate at Union Pacific’s LATC Intermodal Terminal in Los Angeles.
- There also will be improvements to other Southeast destinations.
Since expanding service and capacity in this lane in February, Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern BlueStreak has been running 100 percent on time. Both railroads continue to make major investments to expand capacity and enhance service performance on this route. Westbound domestic service is expected to be shifted to the faster Shreveport gateway during the third quarter of 2007. International shipments will remain routed via the Memphis gateway, and customers can expect improvements to this service in the months ahead.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.
About Norfolk Southern
Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 21,000 route miles in 22 states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada, serving every major container port in the eastern United States and providing superior connections to western rail carriers. NS operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is North America’s largest rail carrier of metals and automotive products.
Union Pacific contacts: James Barnes, 402-544-3560
Norfolk Southern contacts: Robin C. Chapman, 757-629-2713
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