Norfolk Southern's corporate sustainability efforts benefit customers, shareholders, consumers, and communities

    Norfolk Southern's corporate sustainability efforts benefit customers,
                   shareholders, consumers, and communities

PR Newswire

NORFOLK, Va., July 16, 2014

NORFOLK, Va., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern Corporation
(NYSE: NSC)details the railroad's ongoing efforts to contribute to a cleaner
environment, a healthier economy, and stronger communities in its latest
"Connections" sustainability report.

The company released the report today at and

"From our earliest beginnings, our commitment always has been to deliver
customers' freight safely, efficiently, and economically, and in doing so to
provide fair returns to our shareholders and a desirable workplace for
employees," said CEO Wick Moorman. "Today we understand that everything we do
must respect the planet. We understand that environmental sustainability is
smart business."

The company's seventh annual sustainability report discloses Norfolk
Southern's environmental, economic, and social impacts to help stakeholders
assess the railroad's performance in corporate responsibility. Key
environmental performance areas covered include locomotive fuel efficiency and
emissions, energy use, land and land conservation, waste management, and water

"Norfolk Southern strives for excellence in environmental stewardship, and our
uncompromising commitment to sustainability is supported and leveraged by
employees across our network," said Blair Wimbush, vice president real estate
and corporate sustainability officer. "We are working hard to integrate
sustainability into all aspects of operations, building on successes achieved
over the past seven years."

Among 2013 NS achievements highlighted in the report:

Environmental Performance

  oReached nearly 79 percent of a five-year goal launched in 2010 to reduce
    the company's greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent per revenue ton-mile
    of freight.
  oSaved an estimated 10 million gallons of locomotive diesel fuel and
    avoided around 110,500 metric tons of GHG emissions through LEADER
    train-handling technology.
  oCompleted 65 percent of a five-year, $5.6 million partnership begun in
    2011 with GreenTrees® to reforest 10,000 acres in the Mississippi Delta,
    part of NS' Trees and Trains carbon mitigation initiative.
  oCollaborated with The Nature Conservancy in support of the largest ever
    longleaf pine reforestation effort in Virginia.

Economic Performance

  oHelped locate 67 new industries and expand 25 existing businesses,
    representing customer investment of $2.3 billion, 3,100 new customer jobs,
    and more than 136,000 new carloads of rail business.
  oPartnered with the South Carolina Ports Authority to make intermodal
    service available to a new inland port in Greer, S.C., resulting in rail
    business that will remove at least 20,000 trucks annually from I-26.
  oOpened regional intermodal facilities at Charlotte, N.C., and Greencastle,
    Pa., expanding freight rail capacity on the company's Crescent Corridor
    network and mitigating truck-traffic congestion on interstate highways
    from New Orleans, La., to northern New Jersey.

Social Performance

  oReduced serious workplace injuries by more than 5 percent.
  oHired more than 1,000 employees.
  oDistributed charitable donations of $12.8 million through combined Norfolk
    Southern Foundation and corporate giving, including grants to food banks,
    homeless shelters, free medical clinics, and environmental, cultural arts,
    and educational organizations.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier
transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary
operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of
Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and
provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern
operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major
transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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SOURCE Norfolk Southern Corporation

Contact: Norfolk Southern contacts: (Media) Jonathan Glass, 757-629-2789
(, (Investors) Katie Cook, 757-629-2861
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