BNSF, CSX Create High-Volume Intermodal Corridor

Oct 12, 2006, 01:00 ET from CSX Corporation from ,BNSF Railway Company

    FORT WORTH, Texas and JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- BNSF
 Railway Company and CSX Corporation's rail transportation and intermodal
 companies today announced plans to create a high-volume rail corridor for
 reliable intermodal services on the lines connecting California, Atlanta
 and the rest of the fast-growing Southeast Region.
     The planned service will initially include two intermodal trains each
 day between the West Coast and Southeast in each direction. Corridor volume
 on the line is expected to grow with the overall expansion of the West
 Coast to Southeast intermodal market.
     To support the planned service, BNSF will expand capacity on its rail
 lines connecting Avard, Okla., Memphis, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala. CSX
 will expand its rail line between Birmingham and Atlanta, as well as its
 intermodal terminal in Fairburn, Ga., near Atlanta.
     The agreement also allows for continued interline (BNSF/CSX
 Transportation) rail service between Memphis and Florida, as well as
 improved connections with the Carolinas and other key Southeast
     "BNSF is pleased to work with CSX and provide our customers with a
 direct BNSF market access and service product for the growing Southeast
 markets centered on Atlanta," said John Lanigan, executive vice president
 and chief marketing officer of BNSF. "Additionally, we are pleased that the
 agreement provides the future opportunity for BNSF to establish an
 Atlanta-area intermodal facility on CSX to provide our customers more
 options for their Southeast growth."
     Clarence Gooden, executive vice president - sales and marketing of CSX
 Corporation, said, "This agreement enables CSX to provide more seamless and
 reliable service to our intermodal customers. It also complements CSX
 Transportation's ongoing capacity expansions in our Southeastern markets
 and positions us to handle additional intermodal freight as import and
 domestic demand continue to rise."
     The new agreement replaces and expands on the terms of an earlier
 agreement signed in 2001 that would have expired in 2007. It is anticipated
 that the new service will begin in early 2007, with the initial capacity
 projects, consisting primarily of sidings and terminal expansion, to be
 completed by the end of that year. The agreement also allows for future
 capacity expansion along the corridor.
     A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (NYSE:   BNI),
 BNSF Railway Company operates one of the largest railroad networks in North
 America, with approximately 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two
 Canadian provinces. The railway is among the world's top transporters of
 intermodal traffic, moves more grain than any other North American
 railroad, transports the components of many of the products we depend on
 daily, and hauls enough low-sulphur coal to generate about ten percent of
 the electricity produced in the United States. BNSF is an industry leader
 in Web-enabling a variety of customer transactions at
     CSX Corporation (NYSE:   CSX), based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a leading
 transportation company providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck
 transload services. CSX Corporation owns CSX Transportation, the largest
 rail network in the eastern United States. The railroad's transportation
 network spans approximately 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states
 and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and
 lake ports. CSX Corporation also owns CSX Intermodal, which is the nation's
 only stand-alone integrated intermodal business serving clients from origin
 to destination with its own truck and terminal operations and a dedicated
 domestic container fleet. More information about the company is available

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