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CSX to reopen Memphis-Nashville rail line after floods

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CSX to reopen Memphis-Nashville rail line after floods

May 25, 2010 - 09:17
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JACKSONVILLE, FL, May 25, 2010 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -Working ahead of schedule, CSX Transportation today plans to re-open its Memphis-Nashville line that was heavily damaged by severe flooding earlier this month, company officials said.

Operations were scheduled to resume at 6 p.m. EDT over the entire length of the approximately 200-mile line in western Tennessee, including two bridges spanning the Harpeth River that were heavily damaged. However, additional work is planned each day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. Trains will operate over the line from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Some train re-routes over other rail carriers will continue for several days until all work is complete.

"This is a terrific accomplishment by the CSX team," said David Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "Despite the fact that many of our employees were directly affected by this tragic flooding, they brought an extraordinary focus to re-opening the line and resuming service to our customers and the communities in that stricken area."

Earlier estimates had called for resuming service in mid-June, but work progressed more quickly due to the employees' efforts, Brown said.

CSX also announced that it intends to pre-pay property taxes for tax year 2010 due in early 2011 to affected Tennessee counties to assist recovery efforts. Almost $2.7 million will be paid early to 23 counties, including $1 million to Davidson County in which the City of Nashville lies.

CSX Transportation is a principal operating company of CSX Corporation. CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a leading transportation company providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports.