Canadian Pacific introduces direct rail service between Vancouver and Detroit

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has launched a direct rail transportation service between Vancouver and Detroit, a service that extends CP’s reach and increases optionality and access to key markets for shippers.

CP’s new service runs from Vancouver to Detroit seven days a week. From Detroit, CP now serves both the Port of Montreal and the Port of Vancouver daily in and out of its CP-controlled terminal. The seven-day-a-week service complements CP’s terminal fluidity and capacity with over 17 acres to support its customers’ growth, including its empty annex adjacent to the Detroit terminal.

Leveraging CP’s newest transload facility in Vancouver and its live-lift operation at Portal, N.D., to accelerate cross-border shipments, this new service can cut transit times from the West Coast to Detroit by as much as 48 hours compared with its nearest competitors.

The new up-and-running Vancouver transload operation is in an optimal location, co-located at CP’s carload and intermodal facility. It allows CP to utilize rail for movements between terminals and ports where others must rely on trucks, reducing traffic congestion in the Vancouver area and resulting in a lower cost, environmentally friendly, strategic advantage.

CP successfully started live-lift operations at the Portal border crossing in the second quarter. The new service allows CP to lift single containers off of trains for inspection by customs authorities rather than having entire intermodal railcars – which can carry up to 15 containers – held up. This eliminates delays to containers not flagged for inspection, making it easier and faster for customers to do cross-border business in a lane where CP already offers the fastest transit times between Vancouver and the Twin Cities, Chicago and beyond.

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