Rail & Intermodal

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 Union Pacific Railroad. Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railways also operate in the United States.  

News & Analysis

16 Jun 2021
Vancouver-based Freightera, an online trucking marketplace, has found that more environmentally friendly motor carriers are often lower in cost as well.
15 Jun 2021
Norfolk Southern Railway and Union Pacific Railroad are having trouble getting containers to shippers, in part because their supply of 53-foot chassis is very low.
14 Jun 2021
Heightened cargo demand and congestion issues at transshipment hub Colombo, Sri Lanka, are spurring new containerized rail services to India’s interior.
11 Jun 2021
Knight-Swift Transportation, one of the top five US domestic intermodal providers, will be leaving BNSF Railway on Jan. 1, 2022, to partner with Union Pacific Railroad in the western US.
07 Jun 2021
Top trucking and intermodal providers are raising penalties on shippers who do not promptly unload and return 53-foot trailers or containers.
03 Jun 2021
BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad are looking for creative solutions to increase space to store containers in their Chicago terminals amid another spike in inland intermodal volume.
02 Jun 2021
Union Pacific has raised surcharges out of California for a second time in 2021, a sign it is concerned about having enough rail-owned 53-foot containers to supply core contract customers through the upcoming peak season.
01 Jun 2021
BNSF will adjust its free time calculations on June 7, tightening the window for shippers to pick up containers that are made available after 5:00 p.m., just two weeks after Norfolk Southern slashed its free time clock.
01 Jun 2021
New data suggests intermodal rail in India could become an attractive mode of freight transport if supported with needed capacity and competitive pricing.
26 May 2021
After a rough six-week period following the paralyzing February snowstorm in Texas, intermodal terminals are operating with fewer delays in Dallas-Fort Worth, with chassis available and driver productivity bucking national trends.
24 May 2021
Besides allowing a single-network rail service through Canada, Mexico, and the US, KCS merging with either CN or CP would provide new import and exporter options for US Midwest shippers.
20 May 2021
Despite duties in China, vessel space limitations at US ports and equipment shortages at inland rail hubs, US containerized agricultural shipments increased seven percent in 2020.
19 May 2021
An exodus of drayage drivers to the flatbed and dry van truckload sectors is further limiting already constrained capacity and equipment availability in key inland markets.
19 May 2021
Based on its performance in 2021, precision scheduled railroading seems to have been a better idea in theory than it has turned out to be in practice.
14 May 2021
If railroads are to continue diverting intermodal traffic from the highway, they must conquer the “live” segment, requiring more agility to be competitive with dock-to-dock trucking.
13 May 2021
Land use has been a problem as imports have surged across top US ports, causing issues on how to balance space to devote to inbound and outbound containers in key interior cities.
06 May 2021
The JOC Intermodal Savings Index hit a new record in Q1, but rising spot intermodal rates and surcharges could reduce savings in Q2.
05 May 2021
Union Pacific’s Inland Empire Intermodal Terminal that will open in the second quarter will allow the railroad to handle increased domestic freight moving to the eastern half of the US.
30 Apr 2021
The South Carolina Ports Authority will expand Inland Port Greer, using a federal grant to add more space to the container yard, the chassis yard, and build new facilities for terminal operations.
30 Apr 2021
Union Pacific Railroad will open a transload facility adjacent to a Chicago-area container terminal to meet rising demand for containerized agricultural exports amid ocean capacity challenges.
29 Apr 2021
Canadian National subsidiary Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad (B&LE) is taking the US Surface Transportation Board to court over its refusal to give unconditional approval of a track sale CN argues would allow for faster intermodal service.
27 Apr 2021
Record cargo volumes have overwhelmed the chassis supply in major inland hubs like Dallas, Chicago, Memphis, and Kansas City, making it all but impossible for shippers to retrieve containers from so-called wheeled facilities.
20 Apr 2021
A group of Memphis shippers and truckers want the US Surface Transportation Board to instruct railroads to stop charging storage fees until a chassis shortage is resolved.
20 Apr 2021
Canadian National’s $33.7 billion bid for Kansas City Southern would provide intermodal shippers some key alternatives to KCS’s proposed merger with Canadian Pacific, and possibly ignite a bidding war.
19 Apr 2021
Intermodal service in Kansas City is a “complete mess,” according to three cargo owners, with an import surge causing chassis shortages and restrictions on what containers can be picked up or dropped off at rail terminals.
16 Apr 2021
J.B. Hunt will be adding 12,000 new containers in 2021, upping its original order announced in January based on increased shipper demand for intermodal service.
12 Apr 2021
Domestic intermodal shippers in California will be subject to a surcharge of $1,000 to $1,500 on excess contract cargo beginning Apr. 25, the first time Union Pacific has instituted such a peak-season fee before the summer.
12 Apr 2021
MSC has thrown its hat into the Asia-Europe rail ring, offering an intermodal connection that mirrors the sea-air service launched by Maersk two years ago.
09 Apr 2021
Digital marketplace Convoy is warning US shippers and trucking companies of the risks from what may be the sixth straight year of above-average hurricanes and storms.
08 Apr 2021
Shippers can save more money than ever before on intermodal, if they could find equipment and draymen to move their cargo to and from rail terminals amid scarce supply of both.
08 Apr 2021
The Port of Mobile says a proposed move to open a Gulf Coast rail track to passenger service would hurt its intermodal business.
06 Apr 2021
Container shippers using Norfolk Southern’s service for inland rail moves have been seeing major delays from US East Coast ports.
26 Mar 2021
North American shippers are cautiously optimistic about the potential benefits of a Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Southern merger, but urge the Surface Transportation Board to fully investigate the transaction rather than rush through the approval process.
25 Mar 2021
Canadian Pacific believes there will be intermodal growth opportunities if a merger with Kansas City Southern is approved, but there are challenges to overcome to get shippers to use the new available lanes between Mexico, the US Midwest, and Eastern Canada.
24 Mar 2021
Union Pacific is co-developing the first intermodal terminal in Idaho which will connect the state’s ag shippers to the Pacific Northwest ports.
23 Mar 2021
Rapid e-commerce delivery requirements, as well as capacity shortages and equipment imbalances, are spurring the growth of transloading near US seaports, speakers at TPM21 said.