Rail & Intermodal

Changing supply chains demand changing technology, and a more multimodal, integrated supply chain require a blend of asset- and non-asset-based transportation systems.

U.S. Class I railroads are betting on tighter truck capacity, along with a surge of intermodal traffic, to allow them to kick domestic intermodal rate hikes into a higher gear.

BNSF Alliance intermodal center
Distribution centers and manufacturing plants are increasingly springing up around U.S. intermodal terminals, as shippers aim to reduce drayage costs and overall tightening truck capacity fuels intermodal volume growth.

BNSF locomotive
BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway say they are steadily reducing a backlog of grain shipments, but agricultural shippers warn the true test of whether they can handle the upcoming harvest will come quickly, in a week or two.

Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 16, 2014
Diversions related to the ongoing negotiations on the U.S. West Coast between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continue to have an impact elsewhere.

The Cass Freight Index remains up year-over-year.
Although freight volumes and expenditures in the U.S. are beginning to see seasonal drops, numbers still remain higher than last year’s tallies.

A First Nation group has suspended its plan to stop Canadian National Railway from operating a line connecting the Port of Prince Rupert to the rest of the railroad’s network until Aug. 25.

Despite the loss of a refrigerated rail pioneer, other operators say they are still growing and that they’re better shielded from poor rail performance than Cold Train was.

Wheat wrapped in money
WASHINGTON — Congressional pressure is mounting on BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway to get rid of a backlog of U.S. grain shipments before the harvest arrives this fall.

Weekly wrap-up for August 9, 2014
Troubles in the Pacific Northwest dominated the news this week.