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CSXI President Applauds New Rail-Truck Opportunities

3/20/2009 2:03:00 PM
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CSX Intermodal President James Hertwig notes that new technologies and improved cooperation between railroads and truckload carriers are producing new opportunities for both transportation modes.

Hertwig made those comments recently in Orlando at the Truckload Carriers Association annual convention. He was part of a panel that included the moderator, Lana Batts, managing partner, Transport Capital Partners, LLC; John Hickerson, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, FFE Transportation Services, Inc.; and Patrick Quinn, president and co-chairman, U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.

The participants noted that the truckload industry faces long-term challenges that include fuel costs and driver shortages - factors that continue to make intermodal transportation an attractive option. "Railroads want to work with the truckload carriers," Hertwig said.

"Intermodal transportation combines the efficiency of rail with the flexibility of trucks," Hertwig said. "CSX Intermodal has undertaken a number of initiatives to make intermodal service more accessible than ever before."

He observed that intermodal terminals are more trucker-friendly thanks to advanced gate processing. "New ramp-to-door-to-ramp services allow truckload carriers to reposition empty equipment automatically out of backhaul markets in pursuit of a new load," Hertwig added, also acknowledging the introduction of CSX QuickQuote, a 24-hour online quoting and tendering tool for door-to-door service aimed at brokers.

CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation's leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company'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. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the company's web site, www.csx.com.

SOURCE CSX Corporation
CONTACT: Garrick Francis, Corporate Communications of CSX Corporation
Web Site: http://www.csx.com