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Schneider intermodal moving western rail service to Union Pacific

[ January 28, 2022   //   ]

Schneider announced on January 19 that the company is expanding intermodal service by moving its primary western United States rail partnership to Union Pacific beginning in 2023.
Schneider has one of the largest intermodal fleets in North America with over 25,000 containers and plans to double the company’s intermodal size by 2030. The company celebrated 30 years of intermodal service in 2021.
“The Union Pacific rail creates more opportunities for Schneider and our customers,” said Schneider President and CEO Mark Rourke. “Having a differentiated rail network is a key component to our intermodal growth strategy and our goal to reduce carbon emissions.”
According to Schneider, the carrier saves 700 million pounds of CO2 annually by working with railroads that can move a ton of freight up to 500 miles on a single gallon of fuel.
Schneider will have the largest company driver dray fleet of any intermodal carrier hauling freight on Union Pacific and the first carrier with both company-owned containers and chassis. With the combination of Schneider’s eastern partnership with CSX, the transition will create more direct transcontinental connections for the company’s customers.
“When we pair Union Pacific’s transcontinental rail solutions with our company-owned assets and professional drivers, we will be an unstoppable force in the intermodal marketplace,” said Schneider Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Jim Filter.
“We are excited to have Schneider be a part of our intermodal service offering,” said Union Pacific Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales Kenny Rocker. “Schneider’s operational excellence and focus on growth, combined with the strength of Union Pacific’s intermodal network are a natural fit. We expect both companies to provide customer-centric solutions, utilizing Union Pacific’s unparalleled franchise and reliable intermodal service product.”
Schneider will continue to move freight with its current western rail provider for the remainder of 2022 and transition to full service on the Union Pacific rail network on January 1, 2023.

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