Re-optimizing its railroad operating plan
Every few years, railroads take a clean-slate look at their operating plans and seek opportunities for major improvements. We partnered with CSX to optimize its operating plan and to reduce the company’s annual operating costs.
CSX hired Optym to take a fresh look at its operating plan and identify opportunities for improvement, as well as analyze the company’s yard locations and capacities to determine how well they could accommodate current and future volumes.
- Our systems optimized CSX’s blocking and train plans, reducing out-of-route miles and increasing train volumes. This saved the company tens of millions of dollars in annual operating costs.
- Based on our recommendations, one major hump yard was closed and its traffic was diverted elsewhere. The closure of this yard resulted in significant savings in capital investment for yard modernization and operational cost savings.
- After we recommended where CSX would need extra railcar processing capacity in the future, CSX used these recommendations to shape its capital expenditure decisions.