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 Dec 2022
The Senate measure ends the threat of a country-wide rail strike that could have begun Dec. 9, crippling cargo movement in the midst of the holiday season.
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.
22 Sep 2015
Wick Moorman, who retired as Norfolk Southern Railway's chief executive in June, will formally step down from the executive chairman post on Oct. 1. President and CEO Jim Squires, deemed Moorman's successor in all other capacities, will become the railroad company’s chairman as well.
22 Sep 2015
On Aug. 27, Reynolds Hutchins, JOC.com associate editor, discussed what’s been done and what still needs to be done in the intermodal sector with industry experts. What follows is part 2 of the JOC.com roundtable discussion.
20 Sep 2015
U.S. intermodal volume has slowed down from the 4.8 percent clip seen last year, raising questions not just on the outlook for 2015 and beyond, but also how much of the recent slowdown is due to less-than-stellar service. With Ieaders of the Intermodal Association of North America, Reynolds Hutchins, JOC.com associate editor, discussed how the intermodal sector is still on track for steady growth and how the network responded to West Coast congestion
18 Sep 2015
Norfolk Southern Railway is downsizing and refocusing its Triple Crown Services subsidiary on the transport of automotive parts and moving non-auto part business to other NS intermodal lanes.
17 Sep 2015
U.S. shippers say they are having a harder time shifting freight from the roads to intermodal rail, but those that have already done so say they are sticking with rail service.