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 National Railways also operate in the United States.  

News & Analysis

11 Nov 2019
In the heart of what is supposed to be peak season, rail container traffic is not only much slower than a year ago, but also behind 2017 levels as well — and truck seems sluggish, too.
12 Mar 2019
Dallas cargo owners will lose a rail option to Houston in late April
11 Mar 2019
Two projects will add more than 28,000 square feet of new track inside the US East Coast's largest port, most of which will be used to store empty rail cars and build trains.
06 Mar 2019
Shippers using the inland container depot to store empty containers will now be subject to an additional $6 per day charge.
05 Mar 2019
The state has revived a project to raise the ceiling of CSX's Howard Street Tunnel to and from the Port of Baltimore in an effort to attract more Midwest cargo.
27 Feb 2019
APL is taking its expedited EXX service from Shanghai to LA, guaranteeing rapid rail delivery to key inland hubs despite congestion at West Coast ports and on intermodal rail routes.
26 Feb 2019
With blank sailings kicking in and congestion at Chicago rail yards easing, terminal operators in LA-LB say they have turned the corner and they see end of congestion by mid-March
26 Feb 2019
Rising demand on its Asia-Europe express network is seeing UPS make some big investments in infrastructure and aircraft capacity to keep up.
19 Feb 2019
Rapid consolidation of container carriers hasn't spurred large-scale rate increases, but it has resulted in increasingly divergent strategies, with some firms focusing solely on ocean transport while others opt for a more "end-to-end" approach.
14 Feb 2019
The development project is designed to meet growing cargo demand as the port expands its share of intermodal traffic destined for eastern Canada and the US Midwest.
13 Feb 2019
The Port of Montreal is working to reduce dwell times for imports going by rail after rising cargo volumes increased the time sitting in terminals in late 2018 and early 2019.
12 Feb 2019
Kansas City Southern has resumed service after protesters lifted a blockade that had shut down lines to and from Mexico's two largest ports.
12 Feb 2019
Container dwell times have spiked as terminal operators and Canadian railroads struggle to add sufficient capacity to handle growing volumes.
08 Feb 2019
Rail delays in Los Angeles and Long Beach are compounding already severe congestion that has caused truck turn times to spike, with no relief in sight for at least the next two weeks.
04 Feb 2019
Disruptions at two of Mexico’s three biggest ports highlight the risks to rail-bound goods just as the country is looking to position itself as a regional logistics hub.
04 Feb 2019
Trucking operator Schneider National is evolving to meet increased shipper expectations by harnessing new technology, adapting to new customer requirements, and focusing on higher productivity.
04 Feb 2019
Concor has entered into a strategic cooperation deal with Russia’s JSC RZD Logistics.
01 Feb 2019
The US economy won't run off the road this year, but keep an eye on trade, tariffs, and 2020, economists say at SMC3's Jump Start 2019 event.
Containers stacked at a port.
30 Jan 2019
Stakeholders at the public container gateway worked harder to improve efficiency, amid ever-challenging market conditions.
A wind farm in the United States.
30 Jan 2019
Several US ports, many in the Gulf, are expecting a surge in wind cargo during the next 24 months.
Freight at a rail yard.
30 Jan 2019
Security and service problems face Mexico's intermodal sector as it seeks to expand its share of the reefer market.
BNSF Lot 16 truck congestion.
29 Jan 2019
Patience is the key right now, logistics professionals say, because many BCOs and truckers are dealing with the same challenges, caused by large volumes, a chassis shortage, and now Arctic cold.
Norfolk Southern.
29 Jan 2019
Ripples from last year’s ELD mandate are still reverberating down rail tracks.
Port of Long Beach.
28 Jan 2019
The ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland are investing billions in physical infrastructure, digitization, and process improvements to relieve congestion and speed container transport.
Intermodal rail at JNPT.
28 Jan 2019
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust has started handling import cargo booked under direct port delivery services by intermodal rail.
Chassis stacked.
25 Jan 2019
The congestion is subsiding, according to draymen and logistics providers.
Container stacked at a port.
23 Jan 2019
The closure of rail lines at the two biggest ports on Mexico's Gulf Coast is shutting down supplies to manufacturers.
A Union Pacific rail yard.
23 Jan 2019
The gridlock is another example of how a small piece of equipment can cause havoc to the supply chain.
21 Jan 2019
Bangladesh shippers have nearly tapped out containerized rail capacity on the Chittagong-Dhaka route.
A train travels in California, United States.
21 Jan 2019
The intermodal sector enters 2019 with cautious optimism amid adequate US economic growth; however, factors point toward more-competitive conditions.
Union Pacific rail yard, Nebraska, United States.
18 Jan 2019
The summer/autumn beat-the-tariff front-loading of imports to West Coast ports is now spreading inland.
port of Savannah.
18 Jan 2019
A slew of upgrades, efficiency improvements, and new services are all aimed at boosting business.
An intermodal train.
18 Jan 2019
Amid tightening Mexican truck capacity, rail has an opportunity to attract smaller shippers.
An intermodal train travels in Mexico.
16 Jan 2019
Truckers and equipment providers in Mexico should find it easier to lease intermodal equipment if the country's first uniform interchange agreement goes ahead.
A double-stack train with truck trailers travels in the United States.
16 Jan 2019
The history of and the battle between trailers and containers parallels the history of US transportation.
An intermodal train travels in the United States.
14 Jan 2019
Class I railroads face uncertainty in global trade, as well challenges in service and pricing, to keep momentum going in 2019.