Why NOPB?

Why New Orleans? Rail connectivity.

New Orleans is the only deep-water port served by 6 Class 1 railroads. These railroads comprise a 132,000 plus mile network of track, which tie the port community and local industries directly to every major North American market.  This means your shipment will always be direct, on one major rail line. This avoids the time-consuming and pricier alternative of using multiple rail-line routings to reach your customers.

Compare the New Orleans 6 Class 1 railroad scenario side-by-side with other major ports’ rail connections and you can see that New Orleans has the most complete network of rail connections.

PortClass 1 Connections Class 1 Connections Mileage COFC Service Carload Service Serviced By
New Orleans
6
132,000
Yes
Yes
BNSF, CN, CSXT, KCS, NS, UP
Mobile
5
100,000
Yes
Yes
BNSF, CN, CSXT, KCS*, NS
Beaumont
3
70,000
No
Yes
BNSF, KCS, UP
Lake Charles
3
70,000
No
Yes
BNSF, KCS, UP
Port Arthur
3
70,000
No
Yes
BNSF, KCS, UP
Baltimore
2
43,000
Yes
Yes
CSXT, NS
Charleston
2
43,000
Yes
Yes
CSXT, NS
Gulfport
2
28,000
No
Yes
CSXT, KCS
Houston
2
64,000
Yes
Yes
BNSF, UP
Jacksonville
2
43,000
Yes
Yes
CSXT, NS
Miami
2
43,000
Yes
Yes
CSXT, NS
Norfolk
2
43,000
Yes
Yes
CSXT, NS
Panama City
2
43,000
No
Yes
CSXT, NS
Pascagoula
2
41,000
No
Yes
CN, CSXT
Savannah
2
43,000
Yes
Yes
CSXT, NS
Port Manatee
1
22,000
No
Yes
CSXT
Tampa
1
22,000
Yes
Yes
CSXT
* No physical connection, done through routing via CN
 

Advantages of 6 Class 1 Railroads


Lower Prices
An origin or destination point may be accessible to more than one railroad, which allows you to compare and get the lowest rate. Since shipments at New Orleans are always direct on one railroad, rates are lower than if multiple railroads are utilized. Another convenience of having multiple railroads is the ability to choose a carrier based on several criteria, rather than focusing on price.

Faster Transit Times
With a single railroad in the routing, the railcar will arrive at destination sooner. Your supply chain will work more efficiently.

Distribution to Multiple Markets Through One Port
Because New Orleans can serve every North American market with a direct rail connection, customers can bring their entire product line into one port for distribution. This relieves the logistical problem of warehousing product in multiple ports. Also, ocean carriers can benefit from one port call, instead of two.

Give yourself and your customers more options by bringing your cargo to New Orleans.