CN forms new steel-wheel-interchange service with CSXT Transportation for container traffic over Chicago to offer customers more efficient, cost-effective access to Ohio valley markets

CHICAGO , April 2, 2012 (press release) – CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced today a new steel-wheel-interchange service with CSXT Transportation (CSX) over Chicago. The service gives container imports moving over CN's network from the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, B.C., efficient access to key Ohio Valley markets.

Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, said: "Our new interchange service will give CN's customers efficient and cost-effective access to CSX's new Northwest Ohio Terminal and to the important markets of Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville, Ky."

Prior to this agreement, CN and CSX exchanged container traffic in Chicago by truck, instead of directly between railroads.

"Together, our interchange agreements with CSX and Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS) for container traffic moving over the Chicago gateway to northeast U.S. markets underscore CN's commitment to improving the efficiency of its customers' supply chains, with the goal of making them more competitive in their end markets," Ruest said.

CSX and NS are the major rail carriers in the eastern United States.

CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at

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