Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern Offer On-Time or Free Service Guarantee on New Coast-To-Coast Westbound Intermodal Service through Shreveport
Omaha, Neb., October 01, 2007 Union Pacific (UP) and Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) today announced new westbound intermodal train service that will shorten by a day the trip for standard intermodal freight from the Southeast to Los Angeles, California. The eastbound service was launched in May 2007. The new coast-to-coast service is part of the railroads’ commitment to improve capacity, service quality and speed by shifting domestic traffic to a new, shorter route over the Shreveport, La., gateway.
This shift began with the completion of the first phase of improvements on the Meridian Speedway – NS and Kansas City Southern’s joint venture corridor between Meridian, Miss., and Shreveport, an important direct-rail connection between the Southeast and Southwest. UP and NS ran successful test trains in this corridor last December. In establishing this new route, the railroads eliminated almost 130 route miles by moving this freight service from the Memphis gateway.
"The new westbound route complements the eastbound service launched earlier this year," said Jack Koraleski, Union Pacific’s executive vice president, marketing and sales. "We are pleased to offer customers a fast, high-quality rail solution at rates competitive with other modes of land-based transportation."
"The investments made in this transcontinental route, including the Meridian Speedway, have created a high-speed, highly dependable intermodal gateway linking the Southwest to the Southeast, providing the capacity to meet the needs of intermodal customers today and accommodate future growth," said Don Seale, Norfolk Southern’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
The new westbound service will provide fourth-morning availability for BlueStreak intermodal shipments from Atlanta to Los Angeles, fifth morning from Charlotte and Jacksonville, and sixth morning from Miami. Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern are backing their new service offering with an "on time or free" guarantee on the BlueStreak SuperFlyer service between the Southeast and Los Angeles for a limited time. These trains also provide the only ride for trailers in the Southeast - Los Angeles lane as they handle both containers and trailers.
BlueStreak offers expedited intermodal service with two products -- SuperFlyer and Expedited. Blue Streak's reliability, combined with the economies of rail, make this service highly competitive to over-the-road tractor trailers.
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 (NYSE: NSC) 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.
For further information, contact James Barnes, Union Pacific, at (402) 544-3560; or Susan Terpay, Norfolk Southern, at (757) 823-5204.
For customer information, contact your Union Pacific or Norfolk Southern sales representative.
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