CSX Corp. said yesterday it is shifting another 142 jobs from its downtown Baltimore office to its rail headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla. as part of the railroad's consolidation, which has resulted in the loss of 1,100 jobs here since 1991.
The move is expected to occur over the next three months, according to Rob Gould, a spokesman for CSXT, the railroad division of CSX Corp. While the shift will result in the loss of some jobs through layoffs and attrition, most of the employees here will be offered work in Jacksonville, he said.
The decision by CSX to move the employees is not, however, related to the company's recent acquisition of half of Conrail Inc., but to its continuing movement of its rail and other intermodal operations to Jacksonville that has been occurring since the late 1980s. Intermodal refers to the railroad's use of marine, rail and road transportation. Last year, the company also shifted the remainder of its intermodal headquarters from Hunt Valley to Jacksonville. As recently as 1991, CSX employed 1,343 workers at the Charles Street office. The latest move will leave only 200 people there. But Gould said the company has no plans to move those employees.
The shift to Jacksonville is part of the massive reconfiguration of the railroad industry that has left Baltimore, where the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was founded, with little railroad presence.
In 1980, CSX Corp. was formed with the merger of the Seaboard and Chessie System Railroad, which included the B&O.; The two rail systems retained separate names and headquarters, Chessie in Cleveland and Baltimore, and Seaboard in Jacksonville.
In 1983, Seaboard Coastline merged with the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and began the Seaboard System Railroad. Two years later, CSX began consolidating the two rail systems into CSX Transportation with headquarters functions divided between Jacksonville and Baltimore. Gradually, nearly all the railroad operation has been shifted to Jacksonville.
Pub Date: 5/08/97