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Service Bulletin - June Main-line Rehabilitation Blitz Scheduled

3/9/2004 12:03:00 AM
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Beginning Sunday, June 20, CSXT will embark on rehabilitation of our main line between Elkhorn City, Ky., and Spartanburg, S.C. The main line between those points will be closed down, for the most part, for the 10-day duration of the project. In the course of the project, we will install more than 154,000 feet of rail and 95,000 crossties. We will surface 25 miles of mainline track and will rebuild or refurbish bridges, tunnels, and hundreds of highway-railroad crossings. About 720 people will be working on 15 different teams to provide the needed expertise.

If a project of this scope were to be performed under our normal 12-hour curfew process, it would take more than 20 weeks of significant disruption until completion. We expect service to return to normal by Wednesday, June 30.

During the project, most line-haul traffic will be rerouted via other railroads and gateways, which may result in a 24- to 48-hour lengthening of transit times.

We will work with local customers to develop plans to minimize disruptions and delays in service. CSXT sales personnel and trainmasters will contact affected customers to begin the planning process.

CSXT regrets any complications this may cause for the customers we serve, but we hope through offering advance information and planning to mitigate the project's impact. We anticipate that the newly rehabilitated line will improve our safety and reliability in this region to better provide the level of transportation service you expect.