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Issue 1 2021 - FBJNA >> 17 a flurry of


enhancements in late 2020 and into 2021. Union Pacific opened its Twin Cities Intermodal Terminal, introducing service between Minneapolis and Los Angeles in January. The new service “will give regional shippers and receivers fast, direct, and reliable intermodal service to key markets,” said Kenny Rocker, a UP executive vice


president. Canadian Pacific Railway


is proposing to build a new multimodal facility in British Columbia, which “would be a critical piece of infrastructure to


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moving,” according to Keith Creel, CP’s CEO. The 100-acre facility, dubbed CP Logistics Park: Vancouver, will include an agricultural hub, an auto compound, and a transload facility for transportation


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Averitt Express expects USMCA will increase demand for freight transportation across the U.S.-Mexico border. (Averitt Express photo)


fuels and ethanol. In November, CSX opened in a 615,000-square-foot facility near


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workday, by 7.3%, and weight per shipment, by 2.8%. In October, the carrier


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Canadian Pacific Railway is proposing to build a new multimodal facility in British Columbia. (CP photo)


Saia, Inc.’s less-than-truckload data toward the end of last year highlighted 2020’s second-half freight recovery. October saw increases in LTL shipments per workday of 3.3% in year- over-year results, tonnage per workday, of 5.7%, and weight per shipment, of 2.4%. November’s results were even better, with LTL shipments per workday increasing 4.4%, tonnage per


Charleston, S.C., with the packaging and warehousing company A&R Logistics. The new facility serves producers of plastic pellets in Texas and Louisiana, which ship bulk export product by rail to the warehouse through New Orleans. The facility offers a less-congested alternative to Gulf ports with


better


container availability, noted Arthur Adams, a CSX senior vice president, and represents CSX’s focus “on developing last-mile solutions for our customers.” CSX announced in


November that it would acquire the Massachusetts- based Pan Am Railways, Inc., North America’s largest regional railroad. The 1,200- mile network will expand CSX’s reach in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine and will create, said James Foote, CSX’s CEO, “new efficiencies and market opportunities for customers.”


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opened its new cross dock facility in Memphis, a terminal that is 60% larger than Saia’s previous facility. “Our former Memphis terminal had exceeded its capacity,” said Paul Peck, Saia’s executive vice president of operations. “The additional doors at the new facility will mean less freight handling and more efficient shipping.” Saia also recently moved its operations to larger facilities in Texas, Nevada, and Wisconsin. Averitt Express more than


doubled the size of its facility in Laredo, Texas, with the addition of 35,000 square feet of distribution and fulfillment space. The company also recently opened or expanded facilities in Georgia and North Carolina. The Laredo expansion allows the company to provide more services closer to the U.S.-Mexico border, including in-house customs clearance. NAFTA’s replacement, the


United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), which went into force in July 2020, “will increase the already- growing demand for freight transportation across the southern border,” said Wayne Spain, the company’s president and chief operating officer. “Our goal is to help shippers minimize touchpoints in their North America supply chain.” The American Trucking


Associations (ATA) sees highway investments as a major opportunity for the industry under the Biden administration. ATA President and CEO Chris Spear urged the administration to “roll up its sleeves” and begin “the heavy liſt of rebuilding America’s ailing infrastructure.”


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