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

01 Jun 2020
The acquisition of FMIC from Chainalytics helps transform DAT Solutions into a broader freight intelligence business aimed at enabling shippers, brokers, and truckers to understand freight costs and pricing.
Direct ChassisLink Inc.
12 May 2016
One of the big three providers of U.S. marine chassis is being sold to a new owner.
11 May 2016
Far-reaching regulation will affect many smaller U.S. transport operators, shippers as well as large companies.
11 May 2016
Kansas City Southern Railway announced the name of its new chief executive officer Wednesday.
11 May 2016
Shippers torn between road and rail have a new tool they can use to help make the decision.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
10 May 2016
In issuing its guidance on how exporters need to meet the SOLAS container weight rule, Israeli stakeholders have said they will double-check the verified gross mass declarations of containers.
09 May 2016
BNSF Railway profit slumped 25 percent year-over-year in the first quarter, hammered by declines in energy-related volumes.
05 May 2016
North American intermodal volume growth accelerated in the first quarter of 2016.
05 May 2016
The Port of Baltimore is hoping a $425 million fix to a low-slung freight tunnel will help jump-start a surge in business.
04 May 2016
JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett and Canadian National Railway Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer J.J. Ruest got together at the 16th TPM Conference in Long Beach to talk about the railroad’s new intermodal terminal at the Port of Mobile, how it fits into the company’s overall network, and the success of its services at Prince Rupert, Canada.
03 May 2016
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission is levying the collective experience of the private sector to fight congestion at U.S ports.
03 May 2016
“The rails have taken a hands-off attitude when it comes to SOLAS, which, after all, is a maritime issue,” Larry Gross, a senior transportation analyst at FTR Associates, told JOC.com Tuesday.
03 May 2016
Allcargo Logistics, the parent of global non-vessel-operating common carrier ECU Line, plans to more than double annual revenue.
02 May 2016
Marine highways, or container transport via inland and coastal waterways, have had a rough go in the United States, but the U.S. Maritime Administration says it has learned from missteps.
02 May 2016
The fluid state of affairs involving ocean carrier alliances is making the intermodal exchange of containers at marine terminals more complex.
01 May 2016
U.S. shippers expect to ramp up their conversion of freight from truck to intermodal rail to the highest level in a year and a half, according to a new survey.
28 Apr 2016
The government of Ukraine plans to significantly reduce tariffs on container shipments via the trans-Caspian international transport route.
28 Apr 2016
Fiscal year 2015-16 earnings tumbled at India’s largest port-based logistics provider, Gateway Distriparks Ltd.
28 Apr 2016
Could U.S. freight volumes rise and overall economic growth slow?
27 Apr 2016
A local cold-storage provider near the Port of Oakland has decided to expand after seeing the results of the port's efforts to improve the movement of refrigerated products between the port and its warehouses.
27 Apr 2016
Hub Group says it expects to see more intermodal business than previously forecast for 2016 after the company reported profit growth in the first quarter.
27 Apr 2016
Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s state-owned railway, is pressing ahead with plans to list its DB Schenker logistics unit on the stock market.
27 Apr 2016
The need to reduce truck congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has stakeholders looking at the feasibility of a number of options utilizing rail service.
26 Apr 2016
Canadian National Railway is seeing a slowdown with its intermodal business tied to the container ports it serves, an ominous sign after the railroad’s intermodal volume was flat in the first three months of the year.
26 Apr 2016
Intermodal logistics giant Container Corporation of India is moving heavily into privately operated Krishnapatnam Port, lured by new mainline service additions and strong volume gains at the minor, alternative cargo gateway on India’s east coast.
22 Apr 2016
Diversification, an acquisition and a change in its dimensional weight factor in its expedited less-than-truckload business helped drive first-quarter revenue and profit higher at Forward Air.
22 Apr 2016
Fresh from fending off an acquisition attempt, Norfolk Southern Railway delivered strong first-quarter profit growth, showing off efficiencies that helped the railroad more than compensate for intermodal business dragged down by a division restructuring.
21 Apr 2016
OAKLAND, California — Agriculture exporter Capital Feed is increasingly capitalizing on intermodal rail access connecting its facility to the Port of Oakland, a transportation advantage that the port plans to press even further via a planned logistics center.
21 Apr 2016
Despite the Brazilian recession, rail operator and logistics company Brado Logistica expects new shipper contracts and services to drive containerized rail volume up at least 15 percent this year compared with 2015.
21 Apr 2016
Struggling with intermodal and carload volume declines and a softer-than-anticipated U.S. economy, Union Pacific Railroad profit fell by double digits in the first quarter of 2016.
21 Apr 2016
The visionary Global Trade and Logistics Complex that will revolutionize the transfer of cargo between vessels and truck and rail transportation on the West Coast is taking shape in the middle of the Port of Oakland.
20 Apr 2016
Even after Canadian Pacific Railway abandoned its bid for Norfolk Southern Railway, the head of the Calgary-based railroad is confident Class I rail consolidation will happen and fuel intermodal volume growth.
20 Apr 2016
Hot on the heels of a record-setting March for South Carolina’s inland port in Greer, the South Carolina Ports Authority announced Wednesday that it plans to pursue a second inland facility near the North Carolina border.
19 Apr 2016
Freight volumes sputtered in March, climbing 1.4 percent from February and dropping 1.5 percent year-over-year, while shipper spending on transportation dropped 1 percent from February and was down 7 percent from March 2015, according to the Cass Freight Index.
19 Apr 2016
Erratic weather, the retooling and shutdown of Mexican auto plants and the weak peso continued to hurt Kansas City Southern Railway’s intermodal volume for another quarter, but the railroad still delivered a profit.
18 Apr 2016
Canadian Pacific Railway might still make another play to acquire a Class I railroad. But if Chief Executive E. Hunter Harrison wants to succeed where he has failed twice before — with CSX Transportation in 2014 and with Norfolk Southern Railway this year — he’ll need to take a more diplomatic approach to sway legislators, regulators, shippers and shareholders, rail analysts told JOC.com.