Rail & Intermodal

The Port of Baltimore, pictured, has rail access, but would stand to gain much if that access could accommodate double-stacked trains.
The Port of Baltimore is not giving up on a project to raise the Howard Street tunnel enough to allow the passage of double-stacked freight trains.

Inventories have fallen from their recent seven-year high, but they are still a drag on growth throughout the transportation industry.
"I think if you look at the absolute volumes, they are not strong,” Eric Butler, UP’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said.

Canadian Pacific Railway joins CSX Transportation and Kansas City Southern Railway in the ranks of Class I railroads that suffered second-quarter intermodal volume declines.
Canadian Pacific Railway’s financials took a hit in the second quarter.

CSX Transportation and the state’s port authority on Tuesday detailed two new projects there aimed at fueling more cargo through the ocean gateway and onto the rails, and vice versa.

Kansas City Southern Railway found the second quarter a dud for intermodal volume growth.

Inland ports are helping retailers cover supply chain gaps generated by growing e-commerce demand.

Although intermodal volume at U.S. railroads fell 2.7 percent year-over-year in the first half, J.B. Hunt managed to increase intermodal volume 12 percent and 9 percent in the first two quarters.
Second-quarter results show $6.2 billion J.B. Hunt is spending to build intermodal, truck volume, revenue.

Economic indicator shows no sign of inventory destocking in May.

The closure of a road to CenterPoint Intermodal Center in Joliet, Illinois, pictured, added 16 miles on a round-trip basis and some have seen round trip times rise from about 30 minutes to 2 hours
Truck drivers who have been using a secondary access road to reach a major intermodal complex outside Chicago have been forced to cope with longer turn times, fewer trips and higher costs — but a solution is in the works.

Efforts to attract new intermodal business were not enough to slow the loss of volume and profit at CSX Transportation.