Rail & Intermodal

There are seven Class I railroads in the U.S. that haul the largest share of domestic and international goods: BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad in the West, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern in the East, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Railway. Along with regional short line carriers, these railroads haul a variety of bulk and retail goods, from coal and grain to consumer goods.

News & Analysis

10 Jul 2014
The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex is struggling with marine terminal congestion and long trucker turn-times caused by a number of factors including chassis shortages, delays on the intermodal rail network, poor communication between terminals and truckers and a surge in cargo volume that caught the entire supply chain by surprise.
IDS Top 36 Lane Index
25 Jun 2014
Tightening north-to-south and south-to-north U.S. markets have pushed intermodal rates lower as rates continue to normalize from record winter highs.
25 Jun 2014
Kansas City Southern Railway’s new intermodal facility will allow the railroad to handle the growing conversion of truck loads to the rails in the Dallas region.
24 Jun 2014
HP now stacks up to 50 containers on a block train that travels from Chongqing to the German city of Duisburg, on a route known as the New Silk Way that was developed by Kazakhstan Railways.
20 Jun 2014
ContainerPort Group has promoted Russel A. Graef to president, effective immediately.
UP intermodal train
20 Jun 2014
Union Pacific Railroad has added 11 intermodal train starts between Northern California and Portland, Oregon, and Chicago this year, potentially allowing the carrier to grab business from customers frustrated with BNSF’s ailing service.
Intermodal volume on U.S. railroads is up 5.8 percent year-over-year in the first 24 weeks of 2014.
19 Jun 2014
The volume of intermodal units traveling on U.S. railroads last week was the highest ever seen, the Association of American Railroads reports.
19 Jun 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S.
19 Jun 2014
Rail freight traffic is facing further disruption across France as a strike by rail workers extended to a ninth day, but an end to the stoppage is in sight amid waning support for the walkout.
Port Newark Container Terminal expansion project, June 2014
16 Jun 2014
The Port of New York and New Jersey's Port Newark Container Terminal is undergoing a major expansion that includes super-post-Panamax cranes, a jump in container lift capacity, double intermodal railyard capacity, and a 300-acre footprint.
16 Jun 2014
Starting tomorrow, truck drivers serving a major intermodal complex in the Chicago area will be able to again use a shortcut after a judge temporarily repealed a local ban on truck traffic on the route.

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Commentary

Last winter’s supply chain disruptions were simply glimpses into what could become the new normal.