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 destinations. "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 www.bnsf.com. 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 at www.csx.com.
SOURCE CSX Corporation; BNSF Railway Company