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

07 Aug 2020
While Indian rail operators have a long way to go to sufficiently meet the bargains BCOs are seeking to permanently migrate away from their traditional mode of transport, those gaps seem to be narrowing.
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.
18 Apr 2016
In a major surprise, China’s Cosco has decided not to submit a bid to acquire Greece’s state-owned railway.
15 Apr 2016
Senior Vice President of CenterPoint Properties Matt Mullarkey and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett talk about acquisitions, where inland ports and hubs have a bright future in the U.S. and how the increasing demands for immediacy by e-commerce firms are reshaping the industrial real estate market.
15 Apr 2016
China’s Cosco, Russian Railways and Italy’s state-owned railway, Trenitalia, are expected to submit initial bids for Greece’s national rail operator by today’s deadline.
15 Apr 2016
Container Corporation of India this week lifted its port congestion surcharge on containerized freight railed to inland distribution points after its parent company Indian Railways canceled the decree that created the fee.
14 Apr 2016
BNSF Railway is building off the success of its very first logistics park after attracting a major plastics shipper at the North Texas operation that will ship exports via California ports.
14 Apr 2016
The Port of Virginia set a new record in March for the amount of rail cargo handled in a month, despite a decline in overall containerized volume in the month.
13 Apr 2016
CSX Transportation offered a dim outlook for intermodal volume growth Wednesday, after the company said declines in international business in the first quarter offset domestic gains and are expected to continue to hamper domestic volume growth in the year ahead.
12 Apr 2016
Kansas City Southern Railway has announced the end to force majeure and has resumed intermodal service after severe flooding on the Louisiana-Texas border.
11 Apr 2016
Canadian Pacific Railway announced Monday it has dropped its fight to merge with rival U.S. firm Norfolk Southern Railway, saying it sees “no clear path to a friendly merger at this time.”
08 Apr 2016
BNSF Railway Friday raised the possibility that its proposed international intermodal railyard four miles from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which has been more than 10 years in the making, may never be built because of environmental challenges.
06 Apr 2016
The proposed merger of Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern railways has put the chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure at odds with the former ranking member of the committee.
05 Apr 2016
Intermodal marketing company Hub Group has tapped long-time logistics executive Steve Rand as executive vice president of sales to suceed Jim Gaw, who has been with the company for 28 years.
05 Apr 2016
Shippers moving their goods through Moscow could see their transportation costs rise 15 to 20 percent through a new ban on containerized cargo transiting through the Russian capital.