JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This week, CSX successfully completed its 17th annual Maintenance Jamboree, a track safety and maintenance blitz that completes months of rail, tie, signal and bridge work on key rail corridors in a single week.
During this year's Maintenance Jamboree, CSX installed 55,400 cross ties and 217,000 feet of rail, surfaced more than 100 miles of track, and restored and performed maintenance on several bridges and road crossings. This extensive work would normally take about four and a half months to complete during routine train operation.
"The Maintenance Jamboree is a great testament to the dedication of our employees, who pull together to complete the work of many months in just a few short days to reduce the impact on our customers and communities," said Oscar Munoz, president and chief operating officer. "During the Jamboree, and all year long, CSX is committed to investing in our network to provide safe and efficient rail transportation today and serve freight demand in the future."
The 2015 Maintenance Jamboree, which ran from June 29 to July 6, involved fourteen production teams, as well as engineering, signal and bridge teams. Track work concentrated on two key southeastern corridors: between Shelby, Ky., and Spartanburg, S.C., and between Bostic, N.C., and Monroe, N.C.
CSX has celebrated this annual safety and maintenance blitz since 1999, when a CSX machine operator coined the term "Jamboree" to describe the mass gathering of maintenance-of-way crews and equipment in one area. The Maintenance Jamboree is one example of CSX's commitment to investing in its infrastructure. In 2015, CSX will invest more than $2.5 billion in capital throughout its network.
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).
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