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NS adjusts Chicago intermodal site to accommodate record demand

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 7/22/2021 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image NS has reconfigured its Landers footprint to increase stacked container capacity by 60%. Photo – nscorp.com

In the wake of recent record demand, Norfolk Southern Railway is making several changes and upgrades at its Landers intermodal terminal in Chicago, the Class I announced in a customer advisory.

To increase capacity, NS has reconfigured its footprint to boost stacked container capacity by 60%. Reach-stackers — with three in service and three more coming — are being added to increase lift capacity by 40% an hour and reduce driver dwell for pickups, the NS advisory stated.

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NS honors chemical shippers for safe hazmat practices

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 6/22/2021 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image Norfolk Southern Railway has recognized 43 chemical customers who earned the Class I's 2020 Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for safely handling products regulated as hazardous materials. The companies are being honored for safely shipping or originating at least 1,000 carloads — a combined total of more than 156,000 carloads — over NS’s network without a single incident in 2020. As common carriers, NS and other U.S. railroads have obligations to provide transportation for companies that manufacture or use hazardous materials in their businesses, according to a new release. Typically, these products move in tank cars owned or leased by customers, who are responsible for maintaining the cars and ensuring they are properly secured for transit. "Against the many challenges posed by a global pandemic in 2020, their safety achievement is even more commendable," said NS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer James Squires in the release. "It is a testament to their ongoing commitment to ensure the safety of employees, the communities we serve, and the environment." For more than 25 years, NS has recognized chemical manufacturers and plants who safely handle products that are vital to U.S. consumers and businesses, but also are regulated as hazardous materials. The Chemical Safety Award aims to promote safe rail-shipping practices. A list of this year’s winners is available here.

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Norfolk Southern elects board directors

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 5/14/2021 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image NS Chairman, President and CEO James Squires Photo – nscorp.com

Norfolk Southern Corp. shareholders yesterday elected 13 directors for one-year terms expiring in 2022.

The following individuals were elected to the board, according to preliminary results: Thomas Bell Jr., Mitchell Daniels Jr., Marcela Donadio, John Huffard Jr., Christopher Jones, Thomas Kelleher, Steven Leer, Michael Lockhart, Amy Miles, Claude Mongeau, Jennifer Scanlon, James Squires and John Thompson.

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Guest Comment: James Squires on Why NS is ‘In the Business of a Better Planet’

The environmental advantage of steel wheels over their 18-wheel counterparts is well-known. Our fuel-efficient locomotives haul a ton of freight more than 440 miles on a single gallon of fuel. That’s one of the reasons our customers can reduce their carbon emissions by up to 75 percent when they choose rail over truck.

Managing modes of transportation is one of the most powerful tools shippers can use to reduce their carbon footprint. Our customers are increasingly looking to us for help making their supply chain greener. More than 25% of our customers have established public goals for carbon reduction through the CDP’s global disclosure system.

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NS issues green bonds to fund sustainable business initiatives

Rail News Home Norfolk Southern Railway 5/13/2021 Rail News: Norfolk Southern Railway
image Last month, NS committed to establish a science-based target to lower its carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Photo – nscorp.com

Norfolk Southern Corp. yesterday closed a $500 million green-bond offering to fund investments to reduce the company’s carbon emissions and help customers reduce their supply-chain emissions.

NS is the first Class I in North America to issue green bonds, according to the railroad.

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