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

12 Aug 2020
Despite optimism that BNSF Railway’s congestion may ease, intermodal marketing companies expect demand to be high and equipment dislocations to persist through October in California.
02 Sep 2016
Import warehouses are next in line as a wave of disruption caused by the sudden shutdown of Hanjin Shipping heads inland. Expect warehouses to be "inundated," a logistics executive says.
Container manufacturers might actually benefit from the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping because shippers are trying to ensure they have adequate container capacity now that the fate of Hanjin boxes is in limbo.
01 Sep 2016
The Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy isn’t just delaying containerized freight shipments, it’s stranding empty containers.
01 Sep 2016
North American railroads are sending mixed messages to shippers coping with the fallout of the recent Hanjin Shipping line collapse.
BMW's deal with DB Cargo extends an agreement that has been in place since 2010.
01 Sep 2016
DB Cargo and BMW have signed a multi-year contract in another sign of shippers’ attraction to China-Europe containerized rail.
The acquisition of ShipXpress will help GE Transportation round out its RailConnect 360 suite of software programs, and Movement Planner, which uses real-time data to optimize rail network utilization.
31 Aug 2016
The locomotive manufacturer extends its reach beyond railroads to shippers by buying cloud-based supply chain software firm.
31 Aug 2016
Indian trade unions are going ahead with a strike planned for Friday despite government concessions.
30 Aug 2016
VTG boosted first-half profit the group benefited from lower financing costs and synergies from the acquisition of a rival company.
The electronic logging device mandate could create value for smaller trucking companies by enabling better shipment visibility.
29 Aug 2016
A U.S. federal mandate requiring truck drivers to use electronic logging devices by the end of next year won’t necessarily be the harbinger of a long-anticipated “capacity crunch.”
Wheat production is expected to rise 13 percent year-over-year in 2016 as other crops are also expected to come in above 2015 levels.
29 Aug 2016
U.S. exporters are bracing for what could be another historic harvest this year.
Singamas manufactured 112,599 less containers in the first half of 2016 than 2015.
26 Aug 2016
The world’s No. 2 container maker, slumped to a loss in the first half of 2016.
24 Aug 2016
A new white paper commissioned by the Van Horne Institute and completed by JOC outlines how Canada can build on its success in creating inland ports.
24 Aug 2016
Cheaper production and material costs and sagging demand have contributed to the decline.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust's new funding will be used to fund road upgrades that will help address truck bottlenecks that can weigh on productivity at India's leading port.
23 Aug 2016
JNPT is the first major, or public, port to take advantage of a new policy under the Sagar Mala infrastructure development program.
Target is just one of the many retailers and manufacturers grappling with the issue of inventory placement as e-commerce growth challenges logistics professionals.
23 Aug 2016
Retailer tightens control over delivery times, flow of inventory from warehouses as e-commerce grows.
22 Aug 2016
Truck and rail traffic in Southern California back to normal after wildfire contained.
The Cordele inland port, pictured, is just the first in a Georgia push to develop a network of inland port and hinterland rail networks to facilitate goods movement through the state.
22 Aug 2016
The new agreement highlights how Savannah, along with a handful of other U.S. ports, are tapping intermodal rail networks connected to inland hubs
19 Aug 2016
Despite an uptick from June last month, lots of available trucks are likely to keep truckload and intermodal rates soft, Cass and Avondale Partners say.
19 Aug 2016
The continued closure of at least one railway line and a highway disrupted the flow of containers to and from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Friday in the fourth day of a savage wildfire wreaking havoc in the northeast Los Angeles area.
A double-stack train of Container Rail Road Services, DP World's local Indian rail operator. The company's entire fleet is double-stack capable.
19 Aug 2016
DP World views containerized rail as a bright spot in the emerging Asian economy.
18 Aug 2016
A major North American intermodal group isn’t expecting a dramatic rebound in business next year.
18 Aug 2016
A wildfire northeast of Los Angeles continued to disrupt the flow of containers to and from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Thursday, but road and rail traffic was less affected than Wednesday, officials said.
Sepetiba Tecon, pictured, is up for sale, and a delegation of Chinese visitors might be interested in the terminal.
17 Aug 2016
The Chinese Olympic team wasn’t the only group of visitors from the manufacturing powerhouse in Brazil this month.
Big rigs pack into a California Pilot Travel Center after the Blue Cut fire closed the I-15. Credit: @KTLA.
17 Aug 2016
The Blue Cut wildfire, which cut off road and rail traffic in the Cajon Pass, northeast of L.A. and the Inland Empire, is causing shipping detours and delays.
16 Aug 2016
Shippers can now tap a new door-to-door intermodal rail service connecting the U.S. and eastern Canada.
A section of I-12 lies flooded and abandoned in Louisiana as severe flooding impacted the movement of goods on the Gulf Coast for the third time this year.
15 Aug 2016
The crisis has challenged the transportation sector in the region, which is served from the north by Kansas City Southern Railway and from the west by BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad. The over-the-road sector, though, has been hit the hardest.
15 Aug 2016
The move will help G&W, a railway highly dependent on now-slumping carload traffic, tap into an intermodal customer base via connections to Class I carriers moving cargo to and from the East Coast’s busiest port terminals in New York and New Jersey.
11 Aug 2016
State-owned Container Corporation of India’s net earnings slumped by double digits in the first fiscal quarter.
An intermodal rebound would be most welcome by Class I railroads in the U.S. and Canada, which have been struggling as demand for coal and other commodities has floundered.
08 Aug 2016
The so-called freight recession in North America may soon be coming to an end.
08 Aug 2016
Drayage bottlenecks have long been a drag on growth at Chennai.
04 Aug 2016
Although Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust has maintained shippers are increasingly turning to rail instead of drayage, an analysis of the latest port traffic data collected by JOC.com paints a different picture.
03 Aug 2016
XPO's North American LTL operations, the former Con-way, led the company's drive to its first quarterly net profit.
02 Aug 2016
BNSF Railway will appeal last week’s California Superior Court ruling that the environmental impact report on a proposed near-dock rail yard is inadequate.
02 Aug 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust is boasting of seamless gate operations and greater efficiency, bringing smiles to shippers.
This year's round of TIGER grants has shippers and the transportation sector feeling neglected.
31 Jul 2016
U.S. freight projects this year received their lowest share ever from the TIGER federal grant program.
29 Jul 2016
A teacher union blockade of freight rails in Mexico that trapped 4,000 thousands of containers in the key port of Lazaro Cardenas, and also some in Manzanillo, preventing them from moving in and out of the port, is over.