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

25 Nov 2020
Canadian Pacific has made no secret of its ambition to claw some of the container line volume away from its larger rival Canadian National Railway, with new initiatives at Saint John and Vancouver aimed at just that.
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.
05 Dec 2014
Canada and U.S. shippers expect to ship more volume via the Class I railroads next year and pay more to do so, but they’re still frustrated with the level of rail service, according to a recently released survey from RBC Capital Markets.
04 Dec 2014
A decline in U.S. intermodal traffic on a week-to-week basis, because of the Thanksgiving weekend, allowed the railroads to improve a key metric of intermodal rail service.
04 Dec 2014
London — A 24-hour strike on Dec.
YRC Freight truck driver Alphonso Lewis
02 Dec 2014
The U.S. trucking industry is committing to hire 100,000 military veterans over the next two years to fight a shortage of truck drivers as the military begins to reduce the number of active service members.
02 Dec 2014
Indian shippers, already hit hard by port congestion and ocean carrier surcharges, face steeper haulage charges to move their containerized goods via rail.
01 Dec 2014
The Alabama State Port Authority has contracted with a construction firm to build the first phase of intermodal rail facility aimed at making the port of Mobile more attractive to shippers.
Tacoma intermodal
01 Dec 2014
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma are scrambling to improve their intermodal access to the hinterland to protect the discretionary cargo they have, and, perhaps, even regain business lost to Southern California and Canadian ports.
30 Nov 2014
The launching of China-Europe rail services on the southern route via Kazakhstan has been hogging the headlines recently, but moves are underway to further develop the northern link through Russia.
27 Nov 2014
A train pulling 82 wagons loaded with containers is somewhere between the Chinese manufacturing hub of Yiwu and the Spanish city of Madrid, 6,200 miles down the track.
26 Nov 2014
A weekly index of intermodal spot pricing showed post-peak season weakness and was weighed down by rate erosion on freight moving out of Chicago, where intermodal prices have been consistently strong this year. However pricing support out of the West Coast pointed to the effects of congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports.
26 Nov 2014
U.S. shippers, especially retailers, are increasingly nervous and frustrated by supply chain delays and higher transport costs linked to West Coast port congestion, and worried about how that congestion will affect the movement of goods to inland distribution points.
26 Nov 2014
BNSF Railway is no longer accepting empty containers headed to Seattle and Tacoma marine terminals at railyards in Chicago; St. Paul, Minnesota, Denver and Omaha.
26 Nov 2014
U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking and rail volume is poised to increase after Mexican factory export production in October hit a five-year high.
25 Nov 2014
The Port of Houston Authority has selected Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. to design the first phase of a new rail line to the port’s Bayport terminal.
25 Nov 2014
The value of U.S. trade with Mexico and Canada increased by $7.8 billion in September, exceeding $100 billion for the seventh straight month as manufacturing activity and freight shipping in all three North American Free Trade Agreement partners expanded.
25 Nov 2014
Shippers face another round of woes even after their stalled containers move from congested Los Angeles-Long Beach via intermodal rail to Chicago.
25 Nov 2014
The International Transport Workers' Federation is battling with the Panama Canal Authority, accusing the PCA of trying to shut down a tugboat captains' union in advance of the canal's expansion.
24 Nov 2014
U.S. shippers dependent on congested ports face a tough year ahead, FTR Associates says. But that doesn't mean 2015 will be easy — or cheap — for anyone shipping freight in the U.S.
24 Nov 2014
West Coast port congestion keeps spot market truck prices on inland routes high, and shippers are rethinking supply chains as cost rise.
21 Nov 2014
It’s not just Brazilian ports that are struggling to meet demand. Brazilian road and rail projects are also suffering from severe delays caused by bureaucratic red-tape.
20 Nov 2014
U.S. intermodal volume growth appears to be slowing, reflecting the winding down of the peak season and potential delays caused by U.S. West Coast port congestion.
20 Nov 2014
The South Carolina Ports Authority’s inland port of Greer continues to exceed performance expectations with rail lifts at the facility up 1.5 times over plan, with 17,714 moves since July.
20 Nov 2014
BNSF Railway plans to spend a record $6 billion on capital projects next year and will invest $500 million more this year than it originally planned, it said today.
Upward trend
19 Nov 2014
Shippers who came to the National Industrial Transportation League’s annual conference in Florida hoping to hear U.S. freight rates would moderate after rising significantly in 2014 are heading home disappointed.
18 Nov 2014
The Teamsters union Tuesday expanded its organizing efforts in Southern California to include drayage companies that service the intermodal rail sector, but striking truck drivers didn’t hamper cargo movements.
18 Nov 2014
Supply chain disruption caused by delays from congestion, chassis shortages and labor slowdowns at West Coast ports is trickling inland, shippers at the National Industrial Transportation League’s annual conference say.
18 Nov 2014
Norfolk Southern Railway’s proposed purchase of 282 miles of track in Pennsylvania and New York could allow the railroad to make much-needed improvements to its intermodal service.
18 Nov 2014
Washington D.C. politics is the most gridlocked it's been in 40 years, providing little hope for freight-related legislation, said Bruce Carlton, president and CEO of the National Industrial Transportation League, a major U.S. shipper group.
17 Nov 2014
The operator of a fixed-day weekly container train recently launched between the Russian Far East and Moscow, which has handled just 1,800 TEUs to date, says heavy demand is leading it to consider doubling capacity with a second service.