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

12 Aug 2020
Despite optimism that BNSF Railway’s congestion may ease, intermodal marketing companies expect demand to be high and equipment dislocations to persist through October in California.
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: Naomi Iwashita, CP's manager of temperature control solutions, on new technologies enabling shipper access to temperature data on a specific refrigerated container as it moves through the supply chain. Iwashta details Canadian Pacific Railway's launch of its one-stop TempPro service, recent equipment investments, and approach to improving round-trip economies for exporters.
JNPT.
11 Apr 2018
Public officials in India seek an increase in rail cargo and a decline in truck-based cargo in order to reduce congestion and delays at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
Containers transported by a US railroad.
10 Apr 2018
It is vital that US intermodal continues to perform up to its maximum capabilities now that it is entering the normal seasonal upswing in volume and full enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate has commenced.
Port of Mobile.
09 Apr 2018
The terminal will be developed on the site of a former bulk terminal in the port’s upper harbor.
Port of Mobile
06 Apr 2018
Port officials expect better quarters ahead for the Port of Mobile (above), and one of several reasons is because automotive shipments are poised to grow with the continuing expansion of auto assembly plants in Alabama and surrounding states.
Port of Philadelphia.
05 Apr 2018
The port’s deployment in May of two new cranes at the port’s only container terminal, Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, and the opening of an extended berth that will enable the port to handle three super post-Panamax vessels at once are the first parts of the expansion.
Port of Barcelona.
03 Apr 2018
New infrastructure along the Rhine-Alpine and Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridors, together with improved administrative and regulatory conditions, are supporting a brisk expansion of intermodal services linking Italy’s and Spain’s ports with hinterlands to the north.
Cosco Rotterdam.
02 Apr 2018
Cosco Shipping Holdings, China's largest shipping company, has continued to aggressively expand into landside logistics, building on Beijing’s Belt and Road strategy to grow its terminal and inland footprint in Asia and Europe.
APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles.
02 Apr 2018
Marine terminal operators are building beneficial cargo owners' loyalty by providing more-coordinated inland transport, either by owning and operating inland facilities and logistics operations or by partnering with logistics providers.
Port of Santos.
28 Mar 2018
Shippers are benefiting from a new Contrail intermodal terminal and railroad service from the São Paulo hinterland to the key Brazilian Port of Santos. The Jundiaí Intermodal Terminal is strategically located and has opened at an opportune time — as Brazil’s container volumes rise with the strengthening regional and global economies.
Intermodal rail in California.
27 Mar 2018
Beneficial cargo owners who ship through the Alameda Corridor can anticipate financial stability at the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA), at least through 2026, based on current trends that include 4 to 5 percent annual increases in container traffic and continued increases in the Consumer Price Index, the combination of which generates ACTA’s revenues.
Freight train in India.
26 Mar 2018
A new study by radio-frequency identification services provider DMICDC Logistics Data Services found that Mundra’s exports and imports by train declined in February.
A street in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
23 Mar 2018
Container Corporation of India Ltd.’s train will transport 60 TEU in its debut journey, which will be treated as a trial run. Officials will start regular service within two months, after removing any bottlenecks identified during the trial trip.
Port of Vladivostock
22 Mar 2018
Russian shippers and foreign companies operating in the country are unhappy with the development rates of Far East seaports and their focus on low-cost coal and bulk cargoes, instead of containers. A new railway upgrade plan, combined with seaport development, may solve their problem.
A PSA International barge being loaded at JNPT.
20 Mar 2018
PSA International appears to have addressed connection issues that earlier had led to supply chain complications.
Containers at a Brazil installation.
19 Mar 2018
Attendees made the case that Brazil has turned a corner, with trade picking up, and the economy growing, despite Brasilia’s political problems.
Port Metro Vancouver, Canada.
15 Mar 2018
The review, led by the minister of transport and set for completion next year, also comes amid governmental consideration of privatizing Canadian ports.
A warehouse in the United States.
15 Mar 2018
Have freight forwarders and transportation companies heard the “wake up call” of the fourth industrial revolution — one that will transform supply chains? The world has changed and the evidence argues it is time to invest in technology and people development.
Canadian National Railway.
14 Mar 2018
Shippers were angered by delays over the last six months, and interim CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest has acknowledged the company's lackluster service in January and February.
Brazil Intermodal South America Trade Show 2018
14 Mar 2018
From the first day of Brazil's Intermodal South America Trade Show 2018, it was clear that port, railroad, and airport privatizations were back on the agenda.
CSX Transportation.
14 Mar 2018
CSX service returns back to normal at the 59th Street terminal in what is a rough winter for shippers.
Trucks queued at JNPT.
13 Mar 2018
Truckers, under the aegis of the Nhava Sheva Container Operators’ Welfare Association, have also expressed concern regarding the impact on their businesses, due to lengthy turn times. They called on authorities to intervene.
13 Mar 2018
The launching of an Amsterdam-China rail link this week could have implications for the nearby Port of Rotterdam, Europe's largest port.
A US intermodal facility.
13 Mar 2018
The intermodal model is complex, requiring a coordinated ballet in which various inputs — including rail line capacity, railcar supply, terminal capacity, chassis supply, container supply, and drayage capacity — all need to be in balance. That is not the case this year.
Intermodal freight in Chicago.
08 Mar 2018
Shippers will face more delays sending freight out of Chicago. CSX Transportation is overwhelmed with outbound freight and will not accept containers being dropped off at the 59th Street terminal through March 12.
Canadian Pacific Railway.
08 Mar 2018
Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Keith Creel says the new ONE business in Vancouver and CP’s expansion into the distribution center-rich Ohio Valley signal the Canadian railroad’s intention to growth its international intermodal freight volume.
A freight train in Mexico.
08 Mar 2018
The Mexican agency probing allegations of a lack of competition in the country's railroad sector has dropped the case, saying there is insufficient proof.
A freight travels in northern Russia.
07 Mar 2018
According to railroad RZD, container cargo delivery time on the new rail route will be substantially shorter than sea transport.
06 Mar 2018
RoadOne has been buying regional drayage providers to add experience to its team and ensure compliance with strict electronic logging device hours-of-service rules and clean truck standards at marine ports.
05 Mar 2018
Intermodal delays are only getting worse in Chicago as Union Pacific restricts in-gate traffic on March 5 to 6, limiting the amount of outbound containers accepted at the Global 2 terminal.
A freight train in Germany.
05 Mar 2018
The Mediterranean port of Koper has continued to build up its intermodal links with Central Europe.
Canadian National Railway.
05 Mar 2018
In the announcement, CN's board admitted that customer service and operations were not up to par since autumn, due to “insufficient network resiliency” to handle the demand of shippers.
A truck chassis in the US.
01 Mar 2018
TRAC Intermodal has moved 400 chassis into Chicago and plans to move another 1,500 over the next three months to help alleviate the backlog of containers.
An intermodal freight train in Kansas.
26 Feb 2018
Shippers concerned about the US truck capacity shortage will find some relief from intermodal, but take note: demand for intermodal service is increasing substantially, as well. 
Europe rail freight.
26 Feb 2018
The European Union is pushing further for rail freight development. In addition to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent, facilitating the free circulation of goods within Europe is part of the European Union's DNA. And the quality of inland transportation is a key success factor regarding port development.