HALIFAX, N.S. — CN Rail has reduced its intermodal service to the Port of Halifax from two trains to one, according to a report from CBC.ca.
CN made the decision last week, just two weeks after saying no decision to cut service had been made as container traffic at the port continues to drop.
CN officials have said that replacing two trains with a single, longer one is more efficient and will still meet the needs of the port’s existing customers. CN has also said that it will adjust its train service to the port should volumes increase.
According to statistics released Thursday by the port authority, container traffic was down 20% during the first half of this year, compared with 2007. Conversely, bulk cargo shipments are up 12% this year.
The CBC report said Halifax has been steadily losing ground for the last eight years to other ports such as New York and Savannah, which are growing. Last year, the port saw a 7.5% drop in business.
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