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

23 Oct 2020
Union Pacific Railroad says service is now fluid on its intermodal network after the “bumpiness” experienced over the summer; intermodal marketing companies, however, dispute that.
14 Jan 2015
Roughly 1,650 Canadian Pacific Railway maintenance workers represented by the Unifor union have voted to strike if a contract with the railroad can’t be reached by Feb. 15.
14 Jan 2015
The potential impact of a U.S. West Coast port lockout on intermodal service - should it come to that - varies by expert but analysts agree that the railroads will act fast and decisively if it does occur.
14 Jan 2015
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has asked commissioners of the Public Belt Railroad to consider selling the city-owned s
13 Jan 2015
The Norfolk Southern Railway chief marketing officer who was key in creating faster and more reliable intermodal services at the railroad will retire later this winter.
13 Jan 2015
Challenges remain for second-tier suppliers of major manufacturers in China’s inland production centres more than 14 years after the Go West policy was introduced to shift factories away from the wealthier coastal areas and boost the economies of its poorer central provinces.
12 Jan 2015
From port congestion and new ocean alliances to driver shortages and rail service worries, the global supply chain is more fragile than at any point in recent memory. Three shippers discuss how they’re adjusting to the challenges.
11 Jan 2015
U.S. intermodal shippers surveyed by an investment research firm pulled more freight off intermodal trains and put it back on trucks during the third quarter than vice-versa, the first time the survey tracked intermodal conversion losing ground since 2010.
09 Jan 2015
Barely a few months go by without an automaker announcing plans to move or increase production in Mexico. General Motors, for example, said in December it would invest $5 billion in Mexico by 2018, adding to the $1.4 billion it’s already spent on factories there.
09 Jan 2015
U.S. shippers are the most optimistic they have been in nearly three years about freight growth, but they are also bracing for the sharpest uptick in transportation costs, excluding fuel costs, since 2011, according to a recent survey.
09 Jan 2015
TRAC Intermodal, the largest lessor of intermodal chassis, is being offered for sale by Fortress Investment Group, the private equity company that acquired the company seven years ago.
08 Jan 2015
U.S. intermodal volume last week slipped 0.7 percent year-over-year but a key metric of rail performance improved, suggesting that the major railroads continue to make headway in improving overall service.
07 Jan 2015
A fast-growing intermodal operator, ASF opened its 11th terminal, a drayage facility, as it looks to capture more Southeastern U.S. freight.
BNSF container train
07 Jan 2015
BNSF Railway is lifting its embargo on interchanging westbound ocean containers headed to U.S. West Coast on-dock facilities two days after the railroad implemented the ban.
06 Jan 2015
International rail operator Genesee & Wyoming is expanding its footprint in the central U.S. by acquiring three short line railroads for about $40 million.
05 Jan 2015
BNSF Railway today stopped taking international intermodal shipments headed to U.S. West Coast ports from inland interchange points, citing terminal operators’ reduction of longshore labor and in anticipation of “further slowdowns” and congestion.
05 Jan 2015
The severity of this winter and how the major railroads respond will largely determine whether intermodal shippers see significant service improvements this spring or have to wait longer.
01 Jan 2015
China has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand to build 542 miles of double-track railway from Nong Khai on the Laos border to the Thai industrialized eastern seaboard.
26 Dec 2014
China, Serbia and Hungary have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a new 230-mile rail link between Belgrade and Budapest with construction work expected to start by the middle of next year.
22 Dec 2014
North American intermodal volume in November shrank 1.9 percent year-over-year, a rarity for an industry that has experienced steady for years.
19 Dec 2014
CN Rail said on Friday that it’s optimistic it can reach an agreement with 4,800 workers after negotiations wit
Erik Hansen
19 Dec 2014
Erik Hansen, Kansas City Southern’s Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Intermodal, on Mexico’s rising importance as an importer, natural benefits of the Port of Larazo Cardenas and its potential for growth, as well as investment in domestic U.S. intermodal.
18 Dec 2014
Truckload rates and intermodal pricing continued their year-over-year climb in November, spurred by stronger freight demand and port congestion.
18 Dec 2014
Africa’s inland freight network is so troubled that it costs roughly seven times more to ship a container from Mombasa, Kenya, to Burundi, in central Africa, than to ship a container from Shanghai to the major Kenyan gateway, an APM Terminal executive said.
17 Dec 2014
Montreal area shippers will now have improved access to the intermodal network of CSX Transportation after the railroad opened a $100 million terminal near Montreal at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec.
16 Dec 2014
U.S. intermodal trains on average are moving faster, but they still have a ways to go before delivering the level of service shippers had come to expect before last winter.
KCS auto train
15 Dec 2014
The Mexican Congress is expected to approval legislation this afternoon that would protect concessions held by the country’s three largest railroads and create a rail regulatory agency.
15 Dec 2014
India’s Ministry of Railways said it will postpone previously announced container rail increases, providing a temporary respite for shippers struggling with port congestion and rising transportation costs.
15 Dec 2014
Cargolux continued its robust performance in November, flying a record volume of freight and bucking the downward trend in the European air cargo market.
11 Dec 2014
EUROGATE Container Terminal Bremerhaven this week handled its 1 millionth standard rail container, as more intermodal trains served the German gateway this year than in 2013.
10 Dec 2014
Twenty-one days after leaving the east China manufacturing city of Yiwu more than 8,000 miles away, a freight train carrying 40 containers arrived in the Spanish capital of Madrid this week, potentially opening yet another land bridge between China and Europe.
10 Dec 2014
A road improvement project will help make the industrial development around BNSF’s relatively new intermodal rail terminal in the Kansas City area more attractive when work is completed in 2016.
10 Dec 2014
Starting in January, shippers can ship containerized goods by rail between Rotterdam and Milan via a dedicated Samskip intermodal service.
09 Dec 2014
Freight shipments and spending by shippers dropped slightly in November, but remain at a post-recession high point, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.
09 Dec 2014
As a port with one of the largest surpluses of empty containers in the U.S., New York-New Jersey is attractive to agricultural and industrial exporters needing containers but who often have a hard time getting access to them in the non-urban areas where their cargo typically originates.
05 Dec 2014
As consumers raced to stores, spot truck rates rose higher in the week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, DAT Solutions reports.