Riding The Fresh Express

Today's rail providers are offering reliable transcontinental times that rival those of trucks. Shippers are developing innovative programs to get products to market on time-and fresh.


These expanded services will begin within two years and once Railex begins operating in California, it plans to move lettuces of the world and other sensitive leafy greens.

The model Railex brings to the industry is called freight forward positioning, which means West Coast shippers can have their inventory on the East Coast within only a day's drive (short-haul truck) from their customer base.

"This is a big benefit for our customers, because there are minimal breakdowns in short hauls," Esposito says.

Certainly on everyone's mind these days is how to keep transportation as green as possible. "Every train we run saves 5 million gallons of diesel fuel annually," reports Esposito.

"And for every train we run, we reduce 85,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over running the same number of trucks in that lane."

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