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

Weekly wrap-up for July 12, 2014
12 Jul 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association surprised watchers by announcing a 72-hour hiatus in their negotiations so that the union could deal with unrelated talks in the Pacific Northwest, and by extending the expired coastwide contract during the suspension of negotiations.
03 Jun 2014
Intermodal rail shippers could see an uptick in rates not just because truckload pricing will rise, but also because the U.S. and Canadian railroads want to throttle back volume growth to keep favorable margins, a noted rail analyst said.
02 Jun 2014
Container Corp. of India boosted fiscal year 2013-14 net income 3 percent from a year earlier to $161 million.
02 Jun 2014
Fesco Transportation Group’s revenue and earnings declined in the first quarter.
Canadian National Railway
30 May 2014
Canadian National Railway said its domestic and international intermodal services have returned to normal summer operating levels following a brutal winter that wracked most North American rail networks and played havoc with shippers’ supply chains.
BNSF intermodal train
29 May 2014
U.S. intermodal service doesn’t appear to have improved significantly since severe winter weather and rising traffic crippled most rail networks and disrupted shipper supply chains in the first four months of the year.
North American intermodal traffic is up 5.3 percent so far this year on reporting railroads. Source: AAR.
23 May 2014
The volumes of both carloads and intermodal units on railroads in North America continued their upward trend in mid-May, according to the Association of American Railroads.
21 May 2014
Severe intermodal delays during the harsh winter appear to have burned U.S. shippers, causing them to slow down on how much volume they will shift from the highway to the rails over the next 12 months.
BNSF and Ferromex locomotives
20 May 2014
U.S. and Mexican shippers later this month will gain better access to manufacturing growth in central Mexico through a joint service operated by BNSF Railway and Ferromex, the latest railroad partnership forged to tap growing cross-border trade.
20 May 2014
U.S. shippers haven’t been this optimistic about volume growth in the coming 12 months since The Hurt Locker won the Academy Award for Best Picture and an Icelandic volcano disrupted flights to and from Europe.
National Industrial Transportation League President and CEO Bruce Carlton
19 May 2014
For the first time since the 2008-09 Great Recession, shippers have a “small smile on their faces” when it comes to the economy, National Industrial Transportation League President and CEO Bruce Carlton said. Their increasing optimism in the economy, however, doesn’t quell their concerns over a myriad of other issues, from tightening capacity to infrastructure investment. Carlton recently spoke with JOC senior editors William B. Cassidy and Mark Szakonyi about the expectations NITL members have for the coming months.



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

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