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

23 Sep 2020
Domestic intermodal volumes already elevated compared with a year ago and there are signs that international intermodal is on the upswing too.
18 Jul 2016
Inland ports are helping retailers cover supply chain gaps generated by growing e-commerce demand.
Although intermodal volume at U.S. railroads fell 2.7 percent year-over-year in the first half, J.B. Hunt managed to increase intermodal volume 12 percent and 9 percent in the first two quarters.
18 Jul 2016
Second-quarter results show $6.2 billion J.B. Hunt is spending to build intermodal, truck volume, revenue.
15 Jul 2016
Economic indicator shows no sign of inventory destocking in May.
The closure of a road to CenterPoint Intermodal Center in Joliet, Illinois, pictured, added 16 miles on a round-trip basis and some have seen round trip times rise from about 30 minutes to 2 hours
14 Jul 2016
Truck drivers who have been using a secondary access road to reach a major intermodal complex outside Chicago have been forced to cope with longer turn times, fewer trips and higher costs — but a solution is in the works.
14 Jul 2016
Efforts to attract new intermodal business were not enough to slow the loss of volume and profit at CSX Transportation.
12 Jul 2016
The city of New Orleans is again exploring the sale of the port’s switching railroad.
Long lines such as this one to enter the Port of New York and New Jersey are common around the U.S. and have more drayage drivers turning to "street turns," which help truckers avoid time-consuming trips into terminals to return or pick up boxes.
08 Jul 2016
A U.S. trade group has launched its own online portal to boost efficiency in the drayage sector.
The former Oakland Army Base, pictured, hosts a near-dock rail transfer yard and will soon be a warehousing and transloading logistics center.
07 Jul 2016
The cargo on this first train to call at the $100-million rail facility at the former Oakland Army Base was originally destined for Canadian ports.
06 Jul 2016
A joint venture will seek customers for a planned eastern version of Prince Rupert.
06 Jul 2016
The original deadline for binding bids was April 26, but Greece’s privatization agency has pushed it back three times.
06 Jul 2016
Waste caused by poor infrastructure is thought to cost India around $45 billion per year, or 4.3 percent of GDP, according to McKinsey & Company.
Investments in CSX Transportation's “hub-and-spoke” strategy coming online this year will increase container velocity through the railroad's network.
05 Jul 2016
The Jacksonville, Florida-based railroad is reporting significant improvements in its train velocity and availability, both indicators of service, and it is investing $1 billion into its overall rail network.
04 Jul 2016
India is prioritizing dozens of last mile port-rail connectivity projects to speed up cargo evacuation and help address chronic landside congestion problems at its ports.
01 Jul 2016
Trains are a critical tool that can be used to relieve port congestion, but in Europe they face a number of challenges.
30 Jun 2016
New direction for trucker-owned chassis cooperative.
28 Jun 2016
How containers moving to on-dock ramps will be weighed is still being worked out just days before the rule takes effect Friday.
23 Jun 2016
A new containerized cargo transportation firm able to compete with global majors may soon appear in Russia.
21 Jun 2016
“Importers and exporters need to work together. It’s a common bond we’re not using,” Dean Tracy, managing director of Global Integrated Services, told the annual Agriculture Transportation Coalition conference.
21 Jun 2016
DP World is continuing its search for investment opportunities along the China-Europe Silk Road.
20 Jun 2016
The North American Free Trade Agreement’s cross-border freight growth of 3.2 percent in 2015 — representing 14.7 million truck and rail containers crossing both borders — exceeds the global ocean container trade’s weak gain of 1.3 percent in the same period.
20 Jun 2016
Reliable, time-guaranteed freight service is becoming the new mantra for Indian Railways.
17 Jun 2016
The potential impact of China’s Belt and Road initiative is starting to emerge.
16 Jun 2016
Shippers, especially retailers, want better end-to-end visibility to better manage inventory, but they need to connect gaps in their supply chains.
14 Jun 2016
A new Panama Canal container route to the U.S. Gulf from Asia will replace and build on an intermodal rail service that Maersk Line launched via Mexico.
14 Jun 2016
Canadian freight operator Manitoulin Global Forwarding added temperature-controlled trucking to its portfolio.
13 Jun 2016
California took another step Friday toward meeting the governor’s goal of a zero-emissions freight transportation environment.
09 Jun 2016
Competition in the soft market means lower domestic intermodal rates for shippers today, but a peak season turnaround — when volumes are expected to accelerate back to 2015 levels — could end historically low pricing.
07 Jun 2016
Canadian National Railway announced Tuesday that chief executive officer Claude Mongeau will step down at the end of June, just months after returning to the railroad’s helm following treatment for a throat tumor.
06 Jun 2016
Kansas City Southern Railway cross-border and domestic shippers are grappling with disruptions.
01 Jun 2016
Russia is making it easier for shippers to secure spot containerized rail transport.
31 May 2016
A container block train bound for Duisburg in Germany pulled out of the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi at the weekend, the latest milestone in the development of China-Europe container rail links.
30 May 2016
Switzerland will open the world’s longest rail tunnel June.
25 May 2016
"I think that's not something we didn't expect," Canadian Pacific Railway Chief Executive Officer E. Hunter Harrison said Wednesday in New York City at a conference hosted by transportation research firm Wolfe Research.
24 May 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s biggest public container handler, is aggressively working to lure more truckload freight to the rails.
23 May 2016
At the 16th TPM Conference JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett and Norfolk Southern Railway Director of International Intermodal Randy Bayles discuss how the expansion of the Panama Canal has impacted how NS serves ports on the U.S. East Coast and the challenges presented to intermodal rail providers by container surges from mega-ships.