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Kansas City Southern Railway has reopened its Meridian Speedway line between Meridian, Miss., and Shreveport, La., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The reopening was made possible by the clearing of hundreds of downed trees and other obstructions on the mainline between Meridian and Brandon, Miss., KCS said late Thursday.
The reopening of the line has made possible the restoration of rail service to KCS and Norfolk Southern rail customers. Through an agreement with KCS, NS uses the Meridian Speedway as a bridge for its intermodal traffic between Meridian and Alliance, Texas.
KCS also said the railway has engaged in numerous bilateral discussions with other area rail carriers whose service was affected by Katrina. The railway companies are working together to find the best alternatives for routing rail traffic in the Gulf Coast region.
For example, KCS is working with CSX Corp. and Meridian & Bigbee Railway to divert non-intermodal traffic from New Orleans and Birmingham, Ala., to Meridian.
Voluntary cooperation among Class I and smaller carriers to address service outages caused by Katrina will result in the quickest restoration of service for shippers, KC Southern said.