Norfolk Southern’s Shrinking From 3 Operating Regions To 2

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In case you hadn’t heard, Norfolk Southern is consolidating it system from 3 to 2 operating regions (a Northern Region and a Southern Region) effective March 15.

The Northern Region will include the Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Dearborn, Lake and Illinois divisions and the Southern Region will include the Piedmont, Alabama, Georgia, Central and Pocahontas divisions. Greg Comstock will be the general manager of the Northern Region and Todd Reynolds will be Southern Region’s general manager.

NS expects to save $650 million by 2020 through the consolidations and the streamlining of railroad operations as part of its five-year strategic plan which was announced in December 2015. This comes in addition to NS combining the Virginia and Pocahontas divisions on February 1.

“We are committed to aggressively controlling costs while delivering the high levels of superior service that our customers value,” said Mike Wheeler, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Consolidating our operating regions will generate productivity savings, not only through right-sizing, but also by leveraging advancements in train dispatch technologies that support more fluid and efficient movement of freight across the network. As we continue to execute on our five-year strategic plan, we are confident that these steps will make Norfolk Southern a faster, lower-cost, and more profitable railroad.”

NS Is Shrinking From 3 Operating Regions To 2

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