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Page 24 of 87 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE 25 @rupertport | RESPONSIVE. The Port of Prince Rupert has a proven ability to listen and respond to shippers' unique needs. Visit us at RILA in booth 410 to learn more about the advantages of North America's fastest-growing container gateway. JoC half-page ad Jan 22, 2014.indd 1 1/22/2014 8:48:53 PM SHIPPER FRUSTRATIONS WITH BNSF Rail- way service between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago has opened the door for Union Pacific to grow on one of North America's busiest intermodal lanes. A new UP service between Portland, Oregon, and Chicago debuted in May. Increasing volume, including non- intermodal shipments tied to the domestic oil and natural gas boom, coupled with healthy shipments of agriculture products, has slowed intermodal traffic on BNSF Rail- way's services from Seattle and Portland to Chicago. BNSF's expedited intermodal service from Seattle to Chicago used to take about 84 hours, intermodal consul - tant Tom Finkbiner said. The transit time f or an expedited trailer or container to hit the Midwest hub from Seattle is now closer to 120 hours, according to BNSF ser- vice goals released in May. Service goals show customer cutoff times for shipments and the estimated time it will take to ship to various destinations. The transit for By Mark Szakonyi UNION PACIFIC RAMPS UP IN THE PNW The railroad is wasting no time in trying to take advantage of BNSF's service slowdowns to Chicago

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