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CSX to end McKees Rocks intermodal operations

Rail News Home CSX Transportation 5/6/2020 Rail News: CSX Transportation
image CSX opened the McKees Rocks intermodal terminal in 2017.Photo – mckeesrocks.com

CSX will discontinue intermodal operations at its McKees Rocks facility near Pittsburgh, and has reached an agreement with Shell to lease the 70-acre property.

Shell will use the site for a storage-in-transit (SIT) rail facility, CSX spokeswoman Sheriee Bowman said yesterday in an email.

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CSX reports lower Q1 earnings, withdraws 2020 outlook

CSX Corp. yesterday announced first-quarter 2020 net earnings fell 8 percent to $770 million, or $1 per share, compared to $834 million, or $1.02 per share, in the same quarter last year. The Class I withdrew its outlook for the year because of ongoing economic uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operating revenue fell 5 percent to $2.86 billion during the quarter, as growth in merchandise revenue was more than offset by declines in coal and other revenue. Expenses dropped 7 percent year over year to $1.68 billion, driven by efficiency gains, CSX officials said in a press release.

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CSX emissions intensity reductions goal approved by SBTi

Rail News Home CSX Transportation 3/20/2020 Rail News: CSX Transportation
image CSX has become the first North American railroad to have its new greenhouse gas emissions intensity goals set and approved by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi), the Class I announced yesterday.The SBTi independently assesses corporate emissions reduction targets in line with what climate scientists say is necessary to meet the goal of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.CSX will reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 37.3 percent between 2014 and 2030. The company expects future transformational technology to facilitate this next level of reductions and is extensively investing in technologies and operational practices that drive maximum achievable efficiencies, CSX officials said in a press release.In 2018, CSX achieved its goal to reduce emissions intensity by 6 percent to 8 percent by 2020, achieving an 8.1 percent emissions intensity reduction and reaching the goal set in 2012 two years ahead of plan.Reducing emissions is important to CSX and its customers. The railroad is the only U.S. Class I to have crossed the threshold of operating below one gallon of fuel-per-thousand gross ton miles, CSX officials said.CSX is pursuing opportunities for additional improvement as part of its commitment to sustainable business practices, they added.

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Indiana panel awards grant to connect industrial park to CSX line

Rail News Home CSX Transportation 2/11/2020 Rail News: CSX Transportation
image The Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC) will award up to $1 million to LaPorte County, Indiana, to help pay for a $6 million project to build a rail spur that will connect Kingsbury Industrial Park (KIP) to a CSX mainline.County officials announced the grant after reaching an agreement with state officials, according to a press release posted yesterday on BuildingIndiana.com. CSX has designated the industrial park a "Select Site" for prospective developers. Once the rail spur is completed, the industrial park will be one of the few to offer connections to two Class Is, said Redevelopment Commission President Randy Novak."Getting this connection to CSX in place is key to opening up KIP to the entire CSX logistics chain,” Novak said. "By now having the north/south rail spur at KIP connected on the south edge of the park to CSX, we’re also working hard at the getting the north end of the spur connected directly with the CN railroad that runs along the north side of the park."The grant will come from the Industrial Development Grant Fund, which provides assistance to communities making infrastructure investments in support of economic development. The incentives are performance-based, which means the county must meet certain milestones and deliverables to collect the funding.

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CSX posts lower Q4 earnings on lower volume

Rail News Home CSX Transportation 1/17/2020 Rail News: CSX Transportation
image CSX net earnings and revenue declined in fourth-quarter 2019 versus the previous year's quarter due to lower volumes and a negative mix from coal market headwinds. The Class I also set a company fourth-quarter record with its operating ratio (OR).Net earnings in the quarter tumbled 9 percent to $771 million, or 99 cents per share, from $843 million, or $1.01 per share, in the previous year. Revenue fell 8 percent to $2.9 billion from $3.1 billion.Fourth-quarter expenses were down 9 percent year over year to $1.73 billion, driven by continued efficiency gains and volume-related savings. Operating income declined 8 percent to $1.15 billion compared to the same period last year.CSX's record operating ratio of 60 percent in the quarter compared with 60.3 percent a year ago.For full-year 2019, the Class I generated net earnings of $3.33 billion, or $4.17 per share, versus 3.31 billion, or $3.84 per share, in 2018, an increase of 1 percent and 9 percent, respectively. The company's full-year 2019 operating ratio of 58.4 percent represents a new U.S. Class I record, improving from last year's record result of 60.3 percent."The railroad has never run better and we are delivering great service to our customers," said President and Chief Executive Officer James Foote in a press release. "What is really amazing is how our employees stepped up to produce efficiencies during tough economic conditions."By business group, CSX reported the following fourth-quarter 2019 results:
• Coal volume: Domestic coal declined mostly because of fewer shipments of utility coal due to greater competition from natural gas. Export coal fell due to reduced international shipments of both thermal and metallurgical coal as global benchmark prices fell.
• Intermodal volume: Domestic and international intermodal fell primarily because of rationalization of low-density lanes.
• Merchandise volume: Chemicals were down due to reduced natural gas liquids, fly ash and sand shipments; ag and food products increased due to gains in ethanol, sweeteners and oils; automotive declined due to a reduction in North American production; minerals increased due to higher shipments for highway projects; forest products declined due to fewer pulpboard shipments; fertilizer gains on short-haul phosphate shipments were offset by declines in long-haul fertilizer shipments; and metals and equipment were down due to reduced steel, construction and scrap shipments.

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