November 21, 2017 – –

The two major Mexican railroads have a stronger shot at convincing shippers to convert more of their cargo from roads and highways to the tracks, as one carrier increases its double-stacking capabilities and higher trucking rates make both of their intermodal services more competitive.

Mexican railroad Ferromex says that by the end of 2017 it will have completed a $34 million project to enable 7.5 kilometers (4.6 miles) of tunnel on its inter-Pacific rail line to take double-stacked trains. That would enable the entire line to take double-stacked trains, from the US border to Mexico City. The majority of the US and Canadian network can handle double-stacked trains.

Ferromex, which says most of its 10,000 kilometers of rail will be able to take double-stacked trains once the inter-Pacific rail is completed, is also finishing a project to strengthen the platforms of many rail cars so that by next year they can take double-stacked containers. Kansas City Southern, parent company of Kansas City Southern de Mexico, says 90 percent of its tracks can already handle double-stacked trains.

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