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

25 Jun 2020
Spot rates have jumped more than 40 percent in the last four weeks for shippers using rail-owned boxes out of Los Angeles due to an equipment shortage in Southern California unseen since 2018.
13 Jan 2016
CSX Transportation forecasts flat intermodal growth in the first quarter, as the loss of international intermodal business to Norfolk Southern Railway is expected to offset domestic volume increases gained from highway conversions and a key customer shifting loads away from its U.S. Eastern rail archrival.
13 Jan 2016
Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern railways clashed again over a proposed merger, with the former making another case for consolidation and the latter showing off again how it’s boosting efficiency independently by combining operations.
13 Jan 2016
Stubbornly high inventories helped pushed freight volumes down in December, according to the Cass Freight Index, and could become more costly for shippers in 2016.
12 Jan 2016
With weaker carload volume due to lagging industrial and energy sectors and intermodal revenue despite volume growth, CSX Transportation’s release of its fourth quarter earnings Tuesday sent a warning to the Class I industry.
12 Jan 2016
Bill Clement, head of CSX Transportation’s intermodal business, will be leaving the company, as part of a second wave of management changes.
11 Jan 2016
Shippers, lawmakers and other railroads are already petitioning federal regulators to reject the proposed tie-up of Canadian Pacific Railway and Norfolk Southern Railway even though the former has yet to file any legal notice with U.S. rail regulators.
11 Jan 2016
Kerry Logistics Network’s Singapore subsidiary has been awarded the concession to operate inland ports in Yangon and Mandalay, two major commercial cities in Myanmar.
09 Jan 2016
Starting Monday, truckers will face fines if they fail to send electronic shipment manifests to Canadian authorities before arriving at the border. Shipments could be delayed.
08 Jan 2016
Shovels could be in the ground on Canadian National Railway’s planned $196 million intermodal and logistics hub outside of Toronto as soon as 2017. That is, if a recently submitted environmental impact statement passes muster with Canada’s Environmental Assessment Agency.
06 Jan 2016
CSX Transportation and Ports America Chesapeake have signed an agreement handing management of the Port of Baltimore's intermodal container transfer facility to Ports America.
06 Jan 2016
Kansas City Southern Railway says it remains “cautious” heading into 2016, after a soft market contributed to a rocky 2015 and promises to do the same in the new year.
06 Jan 2016
If an uncertain global economy wasn’t enough for shippers and transportation providers, 2016 will be filled with major changes, from the massive container shipping weight mandate to liner consolidation. Other threats and opportunities will likely emerge during the year, but the 10 trends outlined here will definitely be in play and impact global supply chains. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
05 Jan 2016
Brazil rail operator MRS Logistica, Tuesday morning began informing thousands of its shipper clients that its operations are up and running following a devastating fire just before Christmas at one of its key terminals.
04 Jan 2016
The refrigerated freight market has experienced some unseasonally high demand this winter, according to DAT Solutions. That comes on top of growing demand for refrigerated, or reefer, equipment in general.
01 Jan 2016
This year, the U.S. transportation industry will receive the first funding from some $205 billion allocated for highway and $48 billion allocated for transit projects, and approximately $10.8 billion in grants for freight projects allocated over the next five years, the largest allocation over the longest period of time in nearly a decade.
31 Dec 2015
U.S. freight rail traffic was down 9.7 percent year-over-year in the week ending Dec. 26 as a double-digit drop in carload traffic offset a 1.6 percent gain in intermodal volume, the Association of American Railroads reported.
31 Dec 2015
Containerized cargo passing through Kazakhstan between Asia and Europe is on track to hit 1.7 million 20-foot equivalent units annually by 2020 after volume through the key hub rocketed 34 percent year-over-year to roughly 47,000 TEUs in 2014, according to the national rail operator.
30 Dec 2015
U.S. domestic intermodal spot rates continue to fall thanks to plentiful capacity aided by mild weather and weak demand, according to third-party logistics provider IDS.
29 Dec 2015
Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd. will indirectly acquire half of Illinois-based Midwest Railcar Corp., making inroads into the increasingly lucrative U.S. freight railcar leasing market.
29 Dec 2015
In an attempt to cope with expected volume growth and improve productivity, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s largest public container handler, has embarked on a plan to build an inland port at Jalna, about 225 miles from the Nhava Sheva harbor.
28 Dec 2015
West Virginia has always been coal country, but a new intermodal terminal in the state’s western corner could help change that, riding on a crest of rising intermodal and declining carload volume.
23 Dec 2015
Canadian Pacific Railway got a lump of coal in its stocking days before Christmas after Norfolk Southern Railway said Wednesday it had rejected a third buyout bid.
23 Dec 2015
Truck traffic on the rail tunnel beneath the English Channel has hit an all-time high this year despite disruptions caused by the migrant crisis at the France port of Calais.
22 Dec 2015
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are taking a fresh look at short haul-rail of containers to an inland cluster of distribution centers as a way to combat systemic congestion at the largest North American container gateway.
22 Dec 2015
U.S. and Canadian rail regulators will be getting an earful from shippers on either side of the border if a proposed Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern railway merger goes through.
21 Dec 2015
Canadian Pacific Railway said its acquisition of Norfolk Southern Railway would improve fluidity through Chicago, but doubts remain whether a tie would do much to free up bottlenecks at the top U.S. freight hub — even if the deal gives CP control of a key belt railroad in the area.
19 Dec 2015
Transnet National Ports Authority is leading attempts to win road traffic back onto rail in South Africa, a shift it would stand to gain from the most.
18 Dec 2015
Canadian Pacific Railway’s increasingly aggressive attempt to acquire Norfolk Southern Railway will have a regulatory smoother ride in Canada than in the U.S. — if NS shareholders jump on board with the plan.
17 Dec 2015
A new federal registration system for several types of transport operators isn't ready for prime time, but federal regulators are launching its “first phase.”
17 Dec 2015
Canadian Pacific Railway’s attempt to takeover Norfolk Southern Railway has already raised alarm with a group of Illinois lawmakers and prompted a pointed response from the Canadian railroad.
17 Dec 2015
Truckload contract linehaul rates continued to rise in November as intermodal rates fell, according to pricing indices from Cass Information Systems and Avondale partners.
16 Dec 2015
A proxy war has been all but declared, analysts say, after Canadian Pacific Railway announced Wednesday it had upped its hostile bid for Norfolk Southern Railway by some $3.4 billion.
16 Dec 2015
Brazil rail operator MRS Logistica SA’s expects container volume to rise at least 10 percent year-over-year in 2016 after volume jumped 34 percent during the first 10 months of this year compared to the same period in 2014.
16 Dec 2015
Deutsche Bahn is expected to unveil plans today to trim underperforming rail freight operations as part of a restructuring to restore profitability as it faces its first net loss in over a decade this year.
15 Dec 2015
With expectations that Canadian Pacific Railway is about to launch a proxy fight for control of Norfolk Southern Railway, the Calgary-based railroad’s recent response to an NS white paper is the latest attempt to convince investors to give the deal yet another look at its pitch.