Florida-based CSX, an intermodal freight transport network provider for the eastern U.S., announced recently from Jacksonville that it will streamline certain operations to increase efficiency — with no immediate staff changes — in response to industry demands.
Trimming the number of administrative offices from 10 to nine, CSX plans to close its Huntington, West Virginia office but will continue to oversee all operations and trains running in the area. Hence, the 121 Huntington staffers will remain in place for the time being, with potential opportunities for alternative roles at the conclusion of the transition period.
The company acknowledged that the Huntington territory, which spans coalfields across Appalachia, has historic ties to CSX and has played a role in the company’s success since the early days when Collis Huntington built the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in 1873. Today, the service area surrounding the Huntington line includes West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio.
The railroad’s decision reflects CSX’s commitment to reduce structural as well as operational costs. Its coal revenues declined considerably over the past four years. Previously, it decreased operations in both Tennessee and Kentucky.
Operating over 2,000 miles of railroad in West Virginia, CSX handled over 1.7 million freight carloads in 2014.