Rail & Intermodal

The latest news, analysis, and developments affecting rail transport globally. Rail transport in the United States is dominated by privately held Class I railroads such as BNSF Railway, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway while many major railroads around the world are state-owned, such as Russia's RZD, SNCF in France, and Germany's Deutsche Bahn.

News & Analysis

20 Oct 2016
The Western railway has lost some of its pricing power after domestic and international freight demand shrank in the third quarter.
24 Nov 2014
West Coast port congestion keeps spot market truck prices on inland routes high, and shippers are rethinking supply chains as cost rise.
21 Nov 2014
It’s not just Brazilian ports that are struggling to meet demand. Brazilian road and rail projects are also suffering from severe delays caused by bureaucratic red-tape.
20 Nov 2014
U.S. intermodal volume growth appears to be slowing, reflecting the winding down of the peak season and potential delays caused by U.S. West Coast port congestion.
20 Nov 2014
The South Carolina Ports Authority’s inland port of Greer continues to exceed performance expectations with rail lifts at the facility up 1.5 times over plan, with 17,714 moves since July.
20 Nov 2014
BNSF Railway plans to spend a record $6 billion on capital projects next year and will invest $500 million more this year than it originally planned, it said today.
Upward trend
19 Nov 2014
Shippers who came to the National Industrial Transportation League’s annual conference in Florida hoping to hear U.S. freight rates would moderate after rising significantly in 2014 are heading home disappointed.
18 Nov 2014
The Teamsters union Tuesday expanded its organizing efforts in Southern California to include drayage companies that service the intermodal rail sector, but striking truck drivers didn’t hamper cargo movements.
18 Nov 2014
Supply chain disruption caused by delays from congestion, chassis shortages and labor slowdowns at West Coast ports is trickling inland, shippers at the National Industrial Transportation League’s annual conference say.
18 Nov 2014
Norfolk Southern Railway’s proposed purchase of 282 miles of track in Pennsylvania and New York could allow the railroad to make much-needed improvements to its intermodal service.
18 Nov 2014
Washington D.C. politics is the most gridlocked it's been in 40 years, providing little hope for freight-related legislation, said Bruce Carlton, president and CEO of the National Industrial Transportation League, a major U.S. shipper group.