as primary rail providers.
"Our goal remains consistent: To provide a door-to-door 'truck like' experience for our customers," said Bill Matheson, president of Schneider National Intermodal. "Establishing these rail relationships means we're making it easier and more beneficial to our customers. We have made it a priority to take intermodal and make it simple for our customers. In the end, this is going to save our customers significant time and money while increasing reliability."
BNSF will serve as the primary western rail provider and CSXI will serve as Schneider's primary eastern rail provider in the United States. Schneider will maintain secondary relationships with the other Class I railroads to reach markets not served by BNSF and CSXI. The new agreements provide Schneider customers with preferential loading, capacity and operational interfaces that will increase accessibility and efficiency of rail moves.
In concert with the new agreements, Schneider is moving to one standardized intermodal container for customers' rail moves. The use of a single Schneider-owned container will simplify container pools while creating operational efficiencies in the areas of network management and operations. Trailer on flat car (TOFC) will continue as a Schneider intermodal offering for those who value a premium faster intermodal transit.
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