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

27 Nov 2020
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A BNSF train in New Mexico.
02 Oct 2013
BNSF Railway plans to spend an estimated $90 million on track and rail capacity improvement projects in New Mexico this year.
Changes in U.S. directional indices - Year-to-Date. Source: IDS Transportation Services, LLC
02 Oct 2013
The index of U.S. intermodal rates increased for a third straight week, according to data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS. The overall rate rose 1.6 percent, or $33, in the week ending Sept. 30 to $2,116.
01 Oct 2013
Grupo TMM has completed the sale of its truck and auto hauling assets and operations.
U.S. Cross-Border Trade by Truck With Canada. Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics
01 Oct 2013
U.S. cross-border traffic with Canada via truck saw increases in both directions in July, following two months of year-over-year declines in truck imports and exports, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Rail exports dropped this month, while imports continued to show growth.
01 Oct 2013
Indian Railways has announced a 15 percent hike in its freight charges for all bulk commodities, effective Oct. 1, as part of a “busy season tariff adjustment.”
U.S. diesel prices through September 30, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
01 Oct 2013
U.S. diesel prices declined in the week ending Sept. 30 for a third straight week, dropping a total of 6.2 cents during this period, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Prices dipped in all U.S. regions.
Kansas City Southern Mexico intermodal train
01 Oct 2013
Rising costs for truckers in Mexico will drive more U.S.-bound freight from highways to rail networks, fueling strong intermodal growth, a Kansas City Southern Railway executive told the JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
U.S. Cross-Border Imports from Mexico. Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics
30 Sep 2013
U.S. cross-border traffic with Mexico via truck and rail jumped 8.1 percent in July 2013, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Both imports and exports via these modes of surface transportation were up year-over-year for the first time since April.
Canadian National train in British Columbia.
30 Sep 2013
Canadian National aims to start freight service on about 75 percent of the rail network operated by the bankrupt short line Kelowna Pacific Railway in southern British Columbia.
A ship being unloaded at the container terminal at Conakry in Guinea.
30 Sep 2013
The second phase of a €100 million (about US$135.3 million) modernization program at Conakry Terminal in Guinea is still on schedule...
Trucks
27 Sep 2013
The economy is anemic, freight demand is slight, cargo space plentiful and rate increases minimal. Obviously, it’s time to plan for growth.
Heiko Fischer, CEO of VTG Aktiengesellschaft, left, and Karl Gernandt, chairman of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, on Sept. 27 signed an agreement to merge some rail logistics operations of the two companies.
27 Sep 2013
Plans for a merger of rail logistics operations by Kuehne + Nagel and VTG Aktiengesellschaft advanced today with the signing of a merger agreement by...
Intermodal train
27 Sep 2013
U.S. intermodal pricing is expected to rise next year, largely because the competing trucking industry will have to increase its own rates as capacity tightens and overall freight demand slowly but steadily builds.
BNSF logistics part
26 Sep 2013
The intermodal industry in the coming years will have to learn to live with at least several different chassis models, but one thing for certain is that the cost of handling containers at railyards will increase.
Overall index, week of September 23, 2013. Source: IDS Transportation Services, LLC
26 Sep 2013
The average U.S. intermodal rate rose for a second straight week, seeing an increase of $51 in the past two weeks, according to data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS. The overall rate increased 0.8 percent or $17 this week to $2,083.
Canadian rail freight traffic.
25 Sep 2013
The Canadian railway industry carried 27.0 million metric tons of freight in July, a 1.8 percent year-over-year decline, according to Statistics Canada.
U.S. diesel prices through September 23, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
24 Sep 2013
U.S. diesel prices declined as of Sept. 23, the second consecutive week of price decreases, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The last time diesel prices saw two straight weeks of decreases, they were followed by three weeks of increases.
23 Sep 2013
When the South Carolina Ports Authority broke ground for an inland port at Greer, S.C., it implemented a strategy that was based upon securing an anchor tenant and linking that exporter to the Port of Charleston with multi-modal transportation options that include short-haul rail.
23 Sep 2013
U.S. District Court Judge John R. Adams has issued a temporary restraining order in Akron, Ohio, ending a strike by workers with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen...
20 Sep 2013
More than 100 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen today struck the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway to protest...
20 Sep 2013
Marta R. Stewart will succeed John P. Rathbone as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Norfolk Southern Corp., effective Nov. 1. She will report to NS President James A. Squires.
Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report, Sept. 18. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
20 Sep 2013
There were 294 40-foot containers available to handle U.S. exports in Kansas City in the week of Sept. 18, more than double the 138 FEUs available at this inland location last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report.
Soybean harvest
20 Sep 2013
Farmers, railroad and shipping executives agree that if together they can find a way to efficiently ship grain from the rural interior to seaports, the export of containerized grain products would know no limits.
ExpressRail operation
19 Sep 2013
A working group comprising terminal operators, CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been formed to improve service reliability in the wake of this summer’s operational problems at the port.
19 Sep 2013
A prominent trucking industry executive warned that operational changes at rail ramps and other inland locations because of the accelerating exit of ocean carriers from the chassis business are placing added stress on the fragile intermodal drayage industry.
Overall index, week of September 16, 2013. Source: IDS Transportation Services, LLC
18 Sep 2013
U.S. intermodal rates rose 1.7 percent in the week of Sept. 16, hitting a 29-week high, according to data on all-inclusive 53-foot door-to-door spot pricing quoted by railroads and provided by the 3PL IDS. The overall rate increased $34 this week to $2,066, the largest week-to-week jump in 50 weeks.
18 Sep 2013
Kansas City Southern Railway’s cross-border intermodal volume will continue to expand not just because of Mexican manufacturing growth, but because of the strong advantage rail has over the trucking industry south of the border, Patrick Ottensmeyer, chief marketing officer at the railroad, told conferees Wednesday at The Journal of Commerce's Inland Distribution Conference in Kansas City.
Union Pacific train.
18 Sep 2013
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has published a report on the implementation of positive train control systems, which recommended that Congress...
Two rail tracks.
18 Sep 2013
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has adopted its final rules establishing disclosure requirements for rail transactions involving interchange agreements.
@ColoradoDOT tweeted a photo of the bridge at 95th Street over Coal Creek in Louisville, Colo., that collapsed.
17 Sep 2013
Although flooding in Colorado is winding down as heavy rains have begun subsiding, Mexico has declared a state of emergency after being battered by storms...
U.S. diesel prices through September 16, 2013. Source: Energy Information Administration
17 Sep 2013
U.S. diesel prices inched down as of Sept. 16, following an 8.5 cent jump in the weeks before that brought the average to its highest level since April 1, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
16 Sep 2013
RoadOne IntermodaLogistics expanded its drayage and intermodal brokerage network by acquiring drayage operator Intermodal Inc.
BNSF inland logistics park, Alliance, Texas.
16 Sep 2013
With consumer demand moderate at best three years after the deepest recession in decades, major U.S. shippers aren’t rushing to add distribution and warehousing space at the clusters of distribution centers around coastal seaports. Momentum appears to be accelerating at inland ports.
16 Sep 2013
Inland ports aren’t just a U.S. phenomenon. Industrial real estate developments anchored by intermodal connections and access to highways are expanding in Mexico and Canada, too.
U.S. rail volumes through September 7, 2013. Source: Association of American Railroads
12 Sep 2013
U.S. intermodal volume for the week ending Sept. 7 climbed 6.7 percent year-over-year, according to the Association of American Railroads. This was the tenth straight yearly increase, and the steepest incline since the week of March 2.