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Terminal Efficiency

Terminal efficiencies can help your business’ bottom line.

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From innovative technology solutions to web-based tools, Norfolk Southern works hard to continuously improve management of the traffic within NS’ intermodal terminals to ensure shipments move as efficiently as possible. 

Smart Yards Using Rubber Tire Gantry Cranes

Norfolk Southern is applying high tech solutions to increase efficiency at our Intermodal terminals. This new crane technology will improve service and expedite motor carriers operating through the facility.

The Automatic Gate System (AGS)

This new gate technology uses high-res cameras and optical character recognition for faster, more efficient processing at gates. The result: a reduction in overall driver dwell time. 


Bobtail Express Lanes

 The Bobtail Express Lane helps increase efficiency. It increases gate throughput by allowing draymen entering or exiting bobtail to use a separate line as draymen carrying containers or trailers. 

Yard Management System (YMS)

The Yard Management System is available at all NS terminals. The Yard Management System provides better traffic flows, more accurate terminal inventories, and increased train loading and unloading efficiency, and shorter terminal times.


Web-based tools like AccessNS help make terminals run more efficiently. AccessNS allows customers to submit and view billing instructions, trace shipments, check terminal inventories, and pay freight bills.