Canadian National Railway and Union Pacific Railroad announced a new truck-competitive service for intermodal shipments moving between Central Canada, Michigan, Texas and Mexico City.

This is the first in a series of CN-UP joint initiatives designed to improve transit times and rail service, expedite border crossings and provide truck-competitive service.
The new CN/UP intermodal service, scheduled to start Oct. 8, will offer Detroit- and Toronto-area shippers third-morning service to Houston; fourth-morning availability at UP's Port Laredo intermodal facility in Laredo, Texas; and sixth-morning delivery in Mexico City in co-operation with Mexican railroad Grupo Transportacion Ferroviaria Mexicana.
"These schedules are faster than any comparable rail service in this corridor and fully competitive with long-haul single-driver truck transit times," said E. Hunter Harrison, CN's executive vice-president and chief operating officer.