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CN, UP, GMXT form new intermodal service

CNUnion Pacific Railroad and Grupo Mexico Transportes yesterday announced the creation of Falcon Premium, a Mexico-U.S.-Canada intermodal service with a rail connection in Chicago, Illinois.

The new service will directly connect all CN origin points within Canada and Detroit to the GMXT terminals in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico.

The service will benefit intermodal customers shipping automotive parts, food, freight of all kinds, home appliances and temperature-controlled products, according to a jointly issued press release.

Falcon Premium will benefit from: GMXT’s transit times between Silao and Eagle Pass, Texas; UP’s Texas-to-Chicago route; and CN service connecting Chicago to Canada via the EJ&E Chicago bypass, the companies said.

The CN/UP/GMXT intermodal service will compete with Canadian Pacific Kansas City, the entity formed by the now completed merger between Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern. The merger created the first single-line railway connecting Canada, the United States and Mexico. CPKC recently reached agreements with Schneider National and Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings to jointly provide intermodal services that connect points in the three nations.