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.
Randy Bayles
15 May 2014
Norfolk Southern's Randy Bayles, director of international intermodal, on what the West Coast labor uncertainty really means, as well as East Coast capacity-adding measures, short-haul intermodal and inland port projects.
14 May 2014
WASHINGTON — A key report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this fall will go a long way toward determining how committed politicians and business leaders are to taking the North American Free Trade Agreement to the next level.
Three trains a day shuttle between the SEAT plant and the Port of Barcelona.
14 May 2014
BARCELONA, Spain — In the middle of the rolling coastal mountains near this Mediterranean seaport a huge auto plant sprawls. The SEAT plant, which serves as the headquarters of Spain’s only domestic automaker, makes four different models, three under SEAT brand names and the Audi Q3, which is part of the family of cars produced by Volkswagen of Germany, which acquired control of the Spanish company in 1986. Most of the plant’s production is bound for export markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Bill Clement
12 May 2014
Bill Clement, CSX Transportation vice president, on misconceptions about intermodal's ability to reach smaller and mid-tier markets, the ease of highway-to-rail cargo conversion and CSX expansions this year.
12 May 2014
How fast U.S. and Canadian railroads can improve their intermodal services over the next several weeks, after a devastating winter, will determine how much domestic volume growth they will see this year.
12 May 2014
A new fixed-day, weekly container rail service links Moscow to the Far East of Russia, and Ruscon, the operator, plans to dispatch more container trains between central and eastern Russia in the “near future.”
UP intermodal train
08 May 2014
Union Pacific Railroad appears to be taking advantage of shippers’ frustrations with BNSF Railway service between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago — one of the busiest North American intermodal lanes — by launching its own service between Portland and Chicago.
IDS Top 36 Lane Index
06 May 2014
Intermodal rates in the U.S. dropped for a third straight week as transportation through Chicago recovers from wintertime snarls.
Snow in Chicago.
02 May 2014
CHICAGO — Chicago is living up to its reputation as the nation’s transportation bottleneck.
29 Apr 2014
Some shippers this winter couldn’t deal with tightening truck capacity by shifting loads to intermodal trains even if they wanted to.

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Commentary

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

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