CSX’s intermodal overhaul holds promise for shippers

CSX Transportation’s overhaul of its network, which caused disruptions to international and domestic intermodal services, and the trimming of some of those services to Columbus, Ohio, and Detroit, ultimately may benefit shippers. It is too soon to tell, but CSX CEO E. Hunter Harrison plans to present his vision at an investors’ meeting in late October. CSX told investors on Oct. 17 that it is confident it will win back volume that migrated to trucks and rival Norfolk Southern Railway. Other than CSX’s pledge that service will improve, there are other reasons intermodal shippers can be optimistic that Harrison’s “precision railroading” strategy ultimately will be beneficial to their supply chains.
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