Railroad operator CSX is reducing operations at its New Orleans train car shop and 15 others around the country where volume is low and to improve efficiency.
The Jacksonville, Florida, company said the reductions will affect a total of 116 CSX mechanical employees, some of whom will be given opportunities to fill positions in other higher-demand areas of its network.
The company did not break down the cuts by location.
CSX said train operations through the affected areas will continue as normal, and CSX will continue the level of safety and service that customers and communities expect.
Other car shops affected are in Montgomery, Alabama; Washington, D.C.; Baldwin, Florida; Evansville and Indianapolis, Indiana; Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan; Wilmington, North Carolina; Kenmore, New York; Ashtabula, Ohio; Erie and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Florence, South Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; and Huntington, West Virginia.
The company said the streamlining is designed to better coordinate shop activities across the CSX network, while maintaining inspection and maintenance performance levels.
CSX spokeswoman Melanie Cost said the move was “part of CSX’s ongoing commitment to network improvement and resource efficiency to match lower volume.”
CSX human resources personnel are working with affected employees to identify possible opportunities and assist in the transition.
CSX and its subsidiaries provide rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services to a variety of customers and markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns.
“These difficult decisions were undertaken after careful consideration and a review of all other possible options,” Cost said. “CSX remains committed to providing the high level of safety and service its customers and communities expect.”