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.
11 Mar 2016
U.S. railroads are getting more competitive with trucking companies by lowering domestic intermodal spot rates across many of the major lanes, according to third-party logistics provider IDS.
10 Mar 2016
Norfolk Southern Railway is enhancing its twice-weekly intermodal rail service connecting the Port of Charleston and Charlotte, North Carolina, to five times a week to meet rising freight demand, the South Carolina Ports Authority announced Thursday.
09 Mar 2016
Canadian Pacific Railway officially filed its proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday outlining a shareholder resolution to be considered at Norfolk Southern Railway’s annual meeting this spring. But, the overture merely asks NS shareholders to consider a trust rather than set the stage for control over the NS board.
09 Mar 2016
Rotterdam has unveiled a 275 million euro ($302 million) project to re-route 2.5 miles of rail freight track away from a bridge in the port so that shipping and rail traffic “will cease to get in each other’s way.”
05 Mar 2016
Rail logistics providers in North America are moving deeper into the perishables market with new services aimed at shippers looking for dependable and cost-effective transportation options, particularly for long-haul moves.
04 Mar 2016
Two more rail services carrying cargo overland from Chinese cities to Iran and Russia were launched in February.
03 Mar 2016
FedEx, the largest less-than-truckload carrier in North America and the second-largest trucking operator in the U.S., has joined the league of logistics industry groups, including rival UPS, opposed to a proposed Canadian Pacific-Norfolk Southern railway merger.
03 Mar 2016
Canadian Pacific Railway has officially requested U.S. rail regulators speed along an official review vetting the viability of its proposed merger with Norfolk Southern Railway in time for an NS shareholder meeting this spring.
02 Mar 2016
Weak export growth is a serious impediment to economic growth and prosperity in the U.S. and is hampered more by inadequate infrastructure than by the strong U.S. dollar, delegates were told at the TPM 2016 conference here.
01 Mar 2016
Intermodal service may have improved last year, but for some shippers, those improvements aren’t enough. “We’ve got a lot of issues in the Chicago area,” said Claudia Andersen, import/export manager of enterprise logistics at 1-800Flowers.com.
01 Mar 2016
Indian Railways is looking to expand its freight reach as sluggish global demand and infrastructure challenges weigh heavily on the public enterprise’s growth plans.
28 Feb 2016
BNSF Railway’s profit fell 9 percent year-over-year to $1.08 billion in the fourth quarter due in large part to weaker intermodal carload volume, according to parent company Berkshire Hathaway.
BNSF Railway
26 Feb 2016
As the deadline for the International Maritime Organization’s controversial new container weight rule nears, it’s still unclear whether railroads will accept containers without their verified gross mass documentation.
25 Feb 2016
Shippers of agriculture and recycling metal back the potential merger of Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern railways, while UPS, other major logistics players, elected officials, municipalities, trade groups and chambers of commerce oppose such a deal, according to an analysis of more than 100 letters written to U.S. rail regulators.
24 Feb 2016
The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index rose only 0.4 percent in January, the lowest increase for the index since 2010, while the Cass Intermodal Price Index dropped 2.2 percent.
24 Feb 2016
The economic crisis in Russia has pulled down container traffic in the country’s Far East and suspended infrastructure projects in the region, according to a recent report from the Far East Marine Research Institute.
19 Feb 2016
The transit time for containers between Russia and India will be reduced by half thanks to a recent agreement between the countries to launch a new multimodal container route.
18 Feb 2016
The government of Kazakhstan expects container traffic via the Khorgos-Eastern Gate dry port to rise by 200,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units this year due to its location on the China-Europe rail route, which is growing in popularity with shippers, according to an official spokesperson of JSC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, Kazakhstan’s national railway.
17 Feb 2016
The recent decision by Hub Group to discontinue its employee-based drayage operation in Southern California is the latest event in a tug of war between the independent contractor model of trucking and the employee model that is likely to continue for some time to come and the result will impact costs for shippers.
17 Feb 2016
Privately operated Adani Hazira Port announced state-owned rail operator Container Corporation of India has begun operating a regular train service connecting the terminal with Pithampur, a busy inland destination in the central region, increasing hinterland shippers’ access to the minor, alternative gateway.
16 Feb 2016
Canadian Pacific Railway is asking the U.S. government to vet the viability of its proposed merger with Norfolk Southern Railway.
12 Feb 2016
UPS, one of the world’s largest transportation firms, is the first major user of North America intermodal rail services to publicly weigh in on the proposed merger of Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern railways, saying it opposes the potential tie-up.
12 Feb 2016
U.S. domestic intermodal spot rates aren’t rising, suggesting the traditional surge of imports ahead of Chinese New Year, when Asia factories close for about two weeks, is weak.
warehouse inventory
12 Feb 2016
Mentions of a recession-like environment from top transportation executives and lackluster growth in domestic and international freight volumes are sparking fears that a U.S. freight recession is upon us that could be a harbinger of something even worse: an outright economic recession.
11 Feb 2016
A Feb. 1 change in dimensional weight pricing will benefit Forward Air Corp., the CEO of the ground-air expedited transportation company told Wall Street analysts this week.
10 Feb 2016
Truck drivers who have been using a secondary access road to reach a major intermodal complex in the Chicago area have been forced to cope with longer turn times, fewer trips and higher costs — and they won’t be seeing any relief any time soon.
10 Feb 2016
Canadian Pacific Railway CEO E. Hunter Harrison said Wednesday he will abandon a proposed takeover of Norfolk Southern Railway if shareholders at the Virginia railroad fail to pressure their board to sit down at the negotiating table with their Canadian counterparts.
09 Feb 2016
Canadian Pacific Railway said Tuesday it plans to submit a resolution asking Norfolk Southern Railway shareholders request their board of directors engage in “good faith discussions” with CP regarding its proposed merger, the newest approach after the Calgary-based company has been rebuffed three times.
09 Feb 2016
Outlook for the Class I rail industry in 2016 varies from cautiously optimistic to downright grim. Even though intermodal service has generally improved, the railroads are finding competition from the trucking sector — for domestic loads and marine containers — as fierce as ever.
04 Feb 2016
The Indian federal government on Wednesday approved a proposal allowing the Ministry of Railways to set up joint ventures with various state government agencies for the development of rail infrastructure projects in the country.
03 Feb 2016
After a tumultuous year that saw a high-profile management shake-up and intermodal volume declines, Hub Group finished 2015 with a strong fourth quarter. Profit jumped double digits in the last three months of 2015 on stronger intermodal and truck brokerage freight volume and recovering rail service, the company said.
03 Feb 2016
Shippers using C.H. Robinson Worldwide to move truckload freight saw pricing drop 3 percent on average in the fourth quarter. The logistics operator's volume, net revenue and profit, on the other hand, all rose.
03 Feb 2016
In its third white paper defending what has become an increasingly hostile bid for Norfolk Southern Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway detailed its confidence that a tie-up would pass muster with U.S. rail regulators.
02 Feb 2016
Gilbert E. Carmichael, a courtly, silver-haired Mississippian who made a mark in business, politics, and as head of the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration and founder of the University of Denver’s Intermodal Transportation Institute, has died.
01 Feb 2016
CSX Transportation says it remains committed to its planned North Carolina intermodal terminal, even after local and state officials nixed the project’s original construction site outside Raleigh.