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

10 Jul 2020
With COVID-19 flare-ups endangering reopenings across the country, the road to recovery for US shippers and transportation providers will likely look more like a mountain switchback than a sharp incline.
Rail lines in Chittagong.
08 May 2018
The double-lane railway will facilitate transit between India’s Gede railway station and Bangladesh’s Khulna district, with the latter ultimately being connected to the Mongla seaport.
A CSX 53-foot container.
04 May 2018
Carriers adding 53-foot containers to their inventory will not end the US truck transport shortage in the immediate quarters ahead, but in a market as tight as US trucking, shippers will welcome every increase in capacity.
Port of Los Angeles.
01 May 2018
US shippers’ challenge in securing drayage capacity has eased since the peak eight weeks ago, but tightness persists in selected regions, and there are signs of more near-term difficulties.
Trucks on a US highway.
27 Apr 2018
With US truckload capacity tight, shippers are investigating any alternative method possible to get their freight off the docks.
A truck travels on a US road.
26 Apr 2018
Intel CEO Andrew Grove observed that the need for transformation could arise with the introduction of a different regulatory environment. Change is unavoidable, but strategic points of inflection are not always obvious in real-time. In the future, it’s likely that April 1, 2018 — the date electronic logging device enforcement “went live” — will be enshrined as a red-letter day for the industry.
A freight train in Kansas.
26 Apr 2018
The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation sent the nominations of Patrick Fuchs and Michelle Schultz to the full floor. If confirmed by the full Senate, they would join Ann Begeman and Deb Miller on the agency’s board.
Mundra Port.
25 Apr 2018
Mundra has used its strong rail link as a marketing tool, but new statistics indicate the private port's rail option has been a weakening magnet for more than six months.
Containers stacked at a port.
23 Apr 2018
Annual service contract negotiations between US importers from Asia and ocean carriers are moving slower than in past cycles. Beneficial cargo owners are holding out for lower rates, to offset rising supply chain costs elsewhere, but they may be disappointed by their efforts.
23 Apr 2018
It is the first time a price has been placed on a 51-day shutdown of one of the most important rail corridors in Europe — the Rhine Alpine gateway that handles about half of the trade between northern Europe and Italy via Switzerland.
21 Apr 2018
Sponsored: In an interview at the March 4-7, 2018 TPM Conference, CN Director of Marketing Lonny Kubas detailed the rail line's plans to bring dwell times back to 48-72 hours and increase velocity via its largest ever single-year investment. 
Canadian Pacific Railway.
20 Apr 2018
On the recommendation of federal mediators, the Canadian Minister of Labor directed the Industrial Relations Board to administer a ratification vote of Canadian Pacific Railway's final offer to the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The two unions described the situation as a "postponed strike" in a strongly worded statement urging their members to reject the offer.
An Amazon fulfillment center in Indiana.
19 Apr 2018
An explosion of e-commerce business is driving up rents at last-mile/last-touch fulfillment centers in urban core locations, and entrepreneurial truckers are finding ways to participate in this growing market. But the end result is a plus for beneficial cargo owners and consumers, as these developments enhance customer service and prevent final delivered costs from getting out of hand.
A freight train in Russia approaches Moscow.
19 Apr 2018
Cargo can now make the East Russia-Europe trip in about six to seven days, as opposed to 10 to 11 days previously, owing to railway improvements that enable higher speeds.
Kansas City Southern Railway.
19 Apr 2018
KCS will add a weekly container train between New Orleans and Dallas to feed empty containers to port and provide intermodal capacity to support imports. The Port of New Orleans is trying to leverage its newly acquired Public Belt short line to expand intermodal service.
port of Savannah.
18 Apr 2018
US Southeast ports are expanding inland, giving beneficial cargo owners in the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and other areas an intermodal opportunity to avoid the long, expensive dray to a port city — a significant option in a capacity-short US truck transport market.
The Port of Barcelona.
18 Apr 2018
It is a ‘good kind of problem’ to have: the Port of Barcelona faces a year ahead that will be hard to match, concerning volume, which means business boomed in 2017, and the outlook for 2018 is promising as well.
Port Metro Vancouver.
17 Apr 2018
With container dwell times back below three days, port stakeholders in Vancouver are now focusing on the issue at hand, which is to marshal assets and share operating strategies so they are not caught flat-footed by a spike in volumes in peak season 2018.
Union Pacific Railroad in Oregon.
17 Apr 2018
Shippers gave railroads poor marks on its latest quarterly report, according to a Cowen & Co. survey. More than 50 percent of shippers did not have a favorable review of service since January 1, as railroads struggled to handle the additional spillover freight from the US truck sector. Railroads blamed inclement weather and say better times are ahead. Shippers and lawmakers argue the problems are deeper.
Port of Montreal.
16 Apr 2018
Shippers concerned that rising cargo volumes at the Port of Montreal will increase rail dwell times may have their fears allayed by a Canadian Government investment designed to improve rail efficiency and make the port more competitive.
A Bangladesh railway.
13 Apr 2018
Bangladesh, currently in its seventh five-year plan, which covers 2016 to 2020, has set goal of a 15 percent rail transport share by 2020.
Union Pacific Railroad.
12 Apr 2018
Delays on railroads have eased since mid-March in Chicago, Savannah, and Dallas, after a rough winter filled with delays, detention, per diem, and demurrage fees for shippers. Railroads are rushing to hire employees, lease locomotives, and build sidings to be prepared for the next seasonal wave in the second half of 2018.
Port of Prince Rupert.
12 Apr 2018
Despite a 28 percent increase in container volume in the first quarter, Prince Rupert today is fluid. The port predicts continued fluidity through peak season even with continued double-digit growth, but beneficial cargo owners are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: Naomi Iwashita, CP's manager of temperature control solutions, on new technologies enabling shipper access to temperature data on a specific refrigerated container as it moves through the supply chain. Iwashta details Canadian Pacific Railway's launch of its one-stop TempPro service, recent equipment investments, and approach to improving round-trip economies for exporters.
JNPT.
11 Apr 2018
Public officials in India seek an increase in rail cargo and a decline in truck-based cargo in order to reduce congestion and delays at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
Containers transported by a US railroad.
10 Apr 2018
It is vital that US intermodal continues to perform up to its maximum capabilities now that it is entering the normal seasonal upswing in volume and full enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate has commenced.
Port of Mobile.
09 Apr 2018
The terminal will be developed on the site of a former bulk terminal in the port’s upper harbor.
Port of Mobile
06 Apr 2018
Port officials expect better quarters ahead for the Port of Mobile (above), and one of several reasons is because automotive shipments are poised to grow with the continuing expansion of auto assembly plants in Alabama and surrounding states.
Port of Philadelphia.
05 Apr 2018
The port’s deployment in May of two new cranes at the port’s only container terminal, Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, and the opening of an extended berth that will enable the port to handle three super post-Panamax vessels at once are the first parts of the expansion.
Port of Barcelona.
03 Apr 2018
New infrastructure along the Rhine-Alpine and Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridors, together with improved administrative and regulatory conditions, are supporting a brisk expansion of intermodal services linking Italy’s and Spain’s ports with hinterlands to the north.
Cosco Rotterdam.
02 Apr 2018
Cosco Shipping Holdings, China's largest shipping company, has continued to aggressively expand into landside logistics, building on Beijing’s Belt and Road strategy to grow its terminal and inland footprint in Asia and Europe.
APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles.
02 Apr 2018
Marine terminal operators are building beneficial cargo owners' loyalty by providing more-coordinated inland transport, either by owning and operating inland facilities and logistics operations or by partnering with logistics providers.
Port of Santos.
28 Mar 2018
Shippers are benefiting from a new Contrail intermodal terminal and railroad service from the São Paulo hinterland to the key Brazilian Port of Santos. The Jundiaí Intermodal Terminal is strategically located and has opened at an opportune time — as Brazil’s container volumes rise with the strengthening regional and global economies.
Intermodal rail in California.
27 Mar 2018
Beneficial cargo owners who ship through the Alameda Corridor can anticipate financial stability at the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA), at least through 2026, based on current trends that include 4 to 5 percent annual increases in container traffic and continued increases in the Consumer Price Index, the combination of which generates ACTA’s revenues.
Freight train in India.
26 Mar 2018
A new study by radio-frequency identification services provider DMICDC Logistics Data Services found that Mundra’s exports and imports by train declined in February.
A street in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
23 Mar 2018
Container Corporation of India Ltd.’s train will transport 60 TEU in its debut journey, which will be treated as a trial run. Officials will start regular service within two months, after removing any bottlenecks identified during the trial trip.