Rail & Intermodal

Rail & Intermodal

News & Analysis

18 Sep 2020
As container volume has picked up, trucking and logistics executives say that CSX’s domestic intermodal service has become unreliable in two key southeast US rail ramps.
06 Nov 2015
After a slow year, the outlook for the North American intermodal industry is brightening as service improves, truck capacity tightens and international trade patterns return to normal, according to the Intermodal Association of North America.
06 Nov 2015
UPS assumed the top spot on the JOC-SJ Consulting Group list of Top 50 Global Transportation Providers in terms of 2014 revenue, pushing Deutsche Post DHL to the No. 2 position. Of the Top 50, 13 companies are located in North America, 19 in Europe, 16 in the Asia-Pacific region, and one each in India and Australia.
02 Nov 2015
For the first time in nearly a year, more U.S. shippers say they are shifting freight from truck to rail than the other way around on improved intermodal service, according to a survey of roughly 600 shippers.
02 Nov 2015
U.S. shippers expect muted freight volume growth through the third quarter of 2016 as they continue to pull from existing stocks before placing new orders after inventories ballooned during the gridlock at West Coast ports.
29 Oct 2015
Hub Group profit rebounded in the third quarter after a management shake-up and intermodal volume declines. The strong quarter was partly thanks to increased intermodal and truck brokerage freight volume and incremental rail service improvements, the company said.
28 Oct 2015
Canadian National Railway beat expectations and “a tough volume environment” in the third quarter, executives said, as profits surged on strong domestic and overseas intermodal demand.
28 Oct 2015
A one-two punch of falling intermodal volume and weakness in the coal market hit Norfolk Southern Railway hard in the third quarter, prompting railroad executives to downplay expectations for the rest of the year.
27 Oct 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday approved a three-year deadline extension for U.S. railroads to install new safety technology, avoiding a catastrophe that railroads have said would cripple the network fluidity intermodal shippers depend on.
26 Oct 2015
CSX Transportation will launch a new domestic intermodal rail service next week connecting the Ohio Valley to Pennsylvania and Texas in a bid to compete directly with the railway’s over-the-road competitors.
23 Oct 2015
A planned $350 million container hub serving Moscow is aimed at handling increased cargo flows, reducing urban congestion and speeding distribution into central Russia.
23 Oct 2015
Ocean carriers, having essentially no control over pricing, are intensifying their efforts to uncover cost savings. That’s why improving productivity at the berth, which allows lines to maximize slow-steaming while remaining on schedule, is taking on a higher priority. Among the remaining opportunities is further leveraging of alliances into the inland arena.
22 Oct 2015
Months after the protracted labor negotiations that disrupted port operations on the U.S. West Coast came to an end, Union Pacific Railroad said West Coast diversions were still taking a toll on intermodal volume in the third quarter.
22 Oct 2015
The number of freight trains using the tunnel between the U.K. and France declined by 33 percent in the third quarter largely due to the migrant crisis at the port of Calais.
20 Oct 2015
Kansas City Southern Railway said less-than-par intermodal service is turning a corner after reliability cost the railroad volume in the third quarter.
20 Oct 2015
Canadian Pacific Railway’s domestic intermodal push seems to have lost its steam.
20 Oct 2015
Russian railway monopoly RZD is working to stop the flow of containerized cargo to other modes of transportation.
16 Oct 2015
Falling intermodal volumes contributed to another weak quarter for Kansas City Southern Railway.
16 Oct 2015
After more than a decade, nearly $4 billion worth of infrastructure improvements in Chicago are nearly complete. City, state and industry leaders say they are working, helping the city shake its reputation as the nation’s longtime transportation bottleneck.
14 Oct 2015
After two months of decline, the Cass Freight Index turned upward in September, with both shipment volumes and shipper spending on transportation rising toward a muted peak.
14 Oct 2015
CSX Transportation won back cargo lost to over-the-road competitors and made modest intermodal gains in the third quarter, but it was still not enough to stem the flow of money out of the company.
14 Oct 2015
The third-largest U.S. trucking operator saw revenue decline 1 percent despite higher rates, more volume and added capacity, thanks to lower fuel surcharges.
14 Oct 2015
Mark Yeager has stepped down from Hub Group’s board, two months after resigning from his post as chief operating officer of the freight-shipping firm, according to the company.
12 Oct 2015
There isn’t much to Rossville, Tennessee, in the far eastern reaches of metropolitan Memphis: rolling farmland, stretches of highway and a Norfolk Southern Railway terminal.
08 Oct 2015
President Obama’s decision to enforce the end-of-year deadline for U.S. railroads to install new safety technology will hurt the network fluidity intermodal shippers depend on, a Norfolk Southern Railway executive said Thursday.
08 Oct 2015
Russian containerized rail companies are cutting their fleets this year and plan to do the same next year, as the country’s trade suffers from Western sanctions and the low price of oil.
07 Oct 2015
Those in the U.S. surface transportation sector can buckle up for more of the same, so long as the national economy continues to creep along at its current pace.
06 Oct 2015
A developer is adding more than half a million square feet of speculative industrial space at BNSF Railway’s Logistics Park Kansas City.
02 Oct 2015
Some ocean carriers are exploring a rail route through Honduras to move containers from Asia to the North American East Coast, a Federal Maritime Commissioner said at a Port of New York-New Jersey Port Industry Day forum.
02 Oct 2015
While containerized rail traffic between Russia and Asia Pacific states is down 20 percent year-over-year in the first seven months of 2015, a closer look at the data reveals an upward trend is taking holding.
01 Oct 2015
German port operator Eurogate has acquired a 16.67 percent interest in Contrail Logistica, a Brazilian provider of intermodal transport solutions in the hinterland of Santos.
30 Sep 2015
Booming business at Union Pacific Railroad’s intermodal ramp in North Laredo, Texas is spurring a $90 million expansion at the facility tapping U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade.
30 Sep 2015
U.S. domestic intermodal spot rates are jumping anywhere from $500 to $1,000 on peak season demand, but it won’t last long, according to third-party logistics provider IDS.
30 Sep 2015
The great swell in U.S. transportation, warehousing and utility jobs receded in July after hitting historic heights in April and May, but demand for workers remains strong in a complex employment market. Hiring numbers, and separations, continue to rise.
30 Sep 2015
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s biggest container handler, is increasing intermodal train deployments and rolling out more proactive measures in an effort to alleviate the backlog of containerized freight built up during the past few weeks.
23 Sep 2015
The Port of Long Beach announcement last week that the $93 million Green Port Gateway rail project had been completed was yet another step forward in a multi-year effort by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to invest well over $1 billion to expand rail infrastructure at the largest U.S. port complex.