CN and the Indiana Rail Road Company will partner in building an intermodal terminal in Indianapolis and in offering an all-rail intermodal service between that city and the Canadian West Coast ports of Port Metro Vancouver and Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
“CN-INRD intermodal service will offer a more reliable, consistent and environmentally-friendly movement of goods that is less susceptible to costly weather and congestion delays,” said Tom Hoback, INRD founder, president and chief executive officer, in a written statement.
The new Indianapolis facility, which is already under construction, will be located at INRD’s existing Senate Avenue Terminal in downtown Indianapolis. It will start receiving empty containers, June 15, 2013; an on-site agricultural products containerized export loading facility is expected to be in service about the same time.
“CN is pleased to enter into this partnership with the Indiana Rail Road,” said Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN executive vice-president and chief marketing officer. “This all-rail service will reduce transit times and improve transportation consistency for Indiana importers, making their supply chains more competitive. CN’s level-of-service agreements with the container terminal operators at Vancouver and Prince Rupert deliver superior fluidity from ship-to-rail at the ports.”
CN estimates that the transit time for containerized imports from China and South Korea could be as little as 18-20 days from port loading in Asia.