The Kansas City Southern railway company, whose freight trains pass through eastern Oklahoma and into the central part of the state has announced a new weekly intermodal service between the Port of New Orleans and Wylie, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
The service will begin in May and had been discontinued after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
“KCS is pleased to re-launch this intermodal service between New Orleans and the growing Dallas import market,” said KCS executive vice president and chief marketing officer Brian D. Hancock. “In our continuing quest to be the most customer-focused transportation provider in North America, KCS is providing options to our customers in both the U.S. and Mexico through port services and transit options for supply chains from Asia, Latin America and Europe.”
The Wylie terminal has 1,500 parking spaces, 400 container stack spots and by the end of 2018 will have an annual lift capacity of more than 342,000 units.
“The return of the Kansas City Southern weekly intermodal service helps us capture greater market share and optimize throughput, with the ultimate goal of providing the best service possible to our customers,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans president and CEO, and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corporation CEO. “This new intermodal service strengthens Port NOLA’s position as a seamless freight gateway, and we look forward to growing business with KCS.”
Port NOLA is a deep-draft, multipurpose port with on-dock rail service at the center of the world’s busiest port system – Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi River. Connected to major inland markets and Canada via 14,500 miles of waterways, six Class I railroads and the interstate highway system, Port NOLA is the ideal gateway for containers and breakbulk cargo.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S.