Dear Valued Customers,
Please note that based on several reasons, as articulated in the below announcement by ONE Line, both the UP Northlake Rail Ramp and UP Rochelle Rail Ramps will be closing in July 2019. Any customers impacted by this change will be individually contacted and routing changes will be specifically discussed to understand the path forward. This is an unfortunate decision and one that we hoped we would not see in our lifetimes.
We have contacted Adam Kinzinger’s office, the Congressman covering Rochelle, to see if they were making any attempt to save these jobs/restore ramp operations, but they did not seem to be aware of the pending closure. Below, please find the formal notification sent by ONE Line. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your sales representative at RIM logistics, ltd. for assistance. If you would like to personally contact Congressman Kinzinger to share your opinion, he can be reached here.
To Our Valued ONE Customers,
We would like to inform you that the Union Pacific Railroad has announced a consolidation and restructuring of their rail ramps and operations in the Chicago area. This change affects their G2 (Northlake) G3 (Rochelle) and G4 (Joliet) facilities.
- The ramp G2 (Northlake) will no longer be accepting international containers and will convert to a domestic-only ramp.
- The ramp G3 (Rochelle) will be no longer be operating for any containers.
- The ramp G4 (Joliet) will be restructured to be the sole international hub for the Chicago area, and the ramp Ocean Network Express will be operating for containers moving via rail.
The effective date for these changes is scheduled as per the following:
- Last ramp operations: July 8th, 2019.
- Last gate operations: July 15th, 2019.
The purpose of this consolidation is to provide a better product to our customers, as this will allow:
- Less handling at both terminals, as well as in the UP rail network.
- Increased train velocity density and rail arrival/departures.
Both of the above reasons are to support a better on-time rail arrival and departure from the Chicago area.
For further information on this topic from the Union Pacific, you may visit their website here.