Class I Railroads

News and analysis focused on shipping and Class I U.S. railroads such as CSX Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad and Kansas City Southern Railway.

 

Commentary

CSX Transportation’s overhaul does not capture the enormity of changes rippling through the US intermodal industry.

News & Analysis

Chicago is a critical node in intermodal rail supply chains because of its geographical location.
22 Feb 2018
Although not limited to Chicago, the top US freight hub has been cited for the most severe gridlock and so much drayage demand that some motor carriers will not accept new customers until April.
Canadian Pacific Railway
21 Feb 2018
The expansion of business with Japan’s Ocean Network Express shipping alliance underscores Canadian Pacific Railway's intent to gain intermodal market share.
01 Feb 2018
Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Canadian National Railway, and Canadian Pacific Railway are expanding their assets and capacity to prepare for the peak season of 2018 after a troublesome peak last year.
24 Jan 2018
The authority sent a missive to port users outlining the problem and said that it is working with CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway to clear the rail backlog.
17 Jan 2018
Service metrics are improving, but can CSX win back shipper trust while sticking to its late CEO's plan for precision scheduled railroading?
08 Jan 2018
New ocean and rail services mark the return of the Port of Portland, Oregon, to regular container handling.
18 Dec 2017
Shippers in the vicinity of the port could save hundreds of dollars to move goods through the Port of New York and New Jersey.
18 Dec 2017
Acting CEO James Foote may have to reach out to disgruntled shippers in executing the late Hunter Harrison’s precision railroading strategy.
15 Dec 2017
CSX said Harrison is taking a leave due to unexpected complications from a recent illness.
21 Nov 2017
The two major Mexican railroads have a shot at convincing shippers to convert more of their cargo from roads and highways to the tracks.
04 Nov 2017
There’s plenty of innovation and potential pitfalls coming down the tracks.
01 Nov 2017
Double stacking trains is more efficient than single stacking trains and increases the capacity and the economies of scale of each train.
01 Nov 2017
As intermodal rail container and trailer volumes hit historic highs, pressure, that may lift pricing in 2018 and beyond, is building.
30 Oct 2017
“Last year, there were hardly any robberies.”
27 Oct 2017
CSX Transportation discontinued more domestic intermodal services in an overhaul to build cargo density amid peak season.
26 Oct 2017
Savannah rail project promises two-day faster hinterland transits to Southeast and Midwest shippers.
19 Oct 2017
CSX Transportation’s overhaul of its network ultimately may benefit shippers.
17 Oct 2017
CSX is discontinuing international services as part of a broader operational overhaul.
16 Oct 2017
Canadian National Railway Vice President of Intermodal Keith Reardon discusses the challenges that come along with the growing commoditization of the transportation industry.
10 Oct 2017
The service also gives US importers a new option.
09 Oct 2017
One of the so-called “truths” of the intermodal era is the inevitability of the transition to container, fueled by the “2 for 1” economics of double-stack.
22 Sep 2017
Longer dwell times at terminals, slower trains, and an unresponsive customer service department are still roiling supply chains for CSX shippers.
22 Sep 2017
As railroads decide to automate their intermodal transfer facilities, they will face challenges similar to what marine terminal operators have had to contend with.
21 Sep 2017
Terminal operator DP World is nearing completion on a $200 million upgrade to its Fairview Container Terminal at Prince Rupert, but remaining construction to landside infrastructure has roiled port productivity.
19 Sep 2017
The Port of Virginia is tapping into the growing Midwest market.
19 Sep 2017
“Today the challenge is not the technology.”
15 Sep 2017
West Coast ports compete harder for intermodal cargo, but rail pricing may be the key determiner.
13 Sep 2017
Primary rail providers have said they are metering cargo even for routes that are operating normally.
07 Sep 2017
Ports from Miami to Charleston now lie in the Category 5 storm’s projected path.
05 Sep 2017
The US Coast Guard on Tuesday reopened the Sabine-Neches Waterway.
01 Sep 2017
The reopening of terminals, repairs to rail lines, and moves toward more normal vessel operations are important steps in untangling supply chains twisted by Hurricane Harvey.
31 Aug 2017
This resource includes customer updates from logistics companies and transportation providers, and ways people can contribute to charitable organizations to help those affected by the storm and flooding.
30 Aug 2017
Houston and several other Texas and Louisiana ports hope to restart operations by Labor Day.
29 Aug 2017
Logistics impacts from flooding in Houston and other parts of southeast Texas continue to spread.
27 Aug 2017
Truck, rail, water, and air transport are shut down.