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April 26, 2018 3:15 PM, EDT

Kansas City Southern Adds Rail Service Between Port of New Orleans, Dallas

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Kansas City Southern will relaunch weekly rail service next month between the Port of New Orleans and metro Dallas, a move that will add more options to customers in the United States and Mexico.

The service will strengthen New Orleans as a gateway for freight coming from Asia, Latin America and Europe, officials said. The intermodal service was last provided in 2005.

“The return of the Kansas City Southern weekly intermodal service helps us capture greater market share and optimize throughput, with the ultimate goal of providing the best service possible to our customers,” said Brandy Christian, president and chief operating officer of the Port of New Orleans.

In February, the port acquired the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, which serves the port, its six railroad partners and local industry. The Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal, located at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal, provides efficient options for moving cargo via rail.

KCS’ David L. Starling Wylie Intermodal Terminal near Dallas opened for operations in 2015, serving domestic and international intermodal customers.

Kansas City, Mo.,-based Kansas City Southern is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the United States, Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is KCSR, serving the central and south central United States. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50% interest in Panama Canal Railway Co., providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal.