Rail & Intermodal

Rail & Intermodal

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.
Port Newark Container Terminal expansion project, June 2014
16 Jun 2014
The Port of New York and New Jersey's Port Newark Container Terminal is undergoing a major expansion that includes super-post-Panamax cranes, a jump in container lift capacity, double intermodal railyard capacity, and a 300-acre footprint.
16 Jun 2014
Starting tomorrow, truck drivers serving a major intermodal complex in the Chicago area will be able to again use a shortcut after a judge temporarily repealed a local ban on truck traffic on the route.
16 Jun 2014
Additional intermodal capacity that was added between the port of Rotterdam and Bavaria has been well received and is helping address a capacity shortage.
Empty tracks at a station in France
16 Jun 2014
Rail freight traffic is being seriously disrupted across France and to and from the nation’s seaports as a strike by rail workers entered its sixth day with no sign of a settlement in sight.
13 Jun 2014
U.S. intermodal service appears to have slipped again last week, suggesting that the major railroads’ rebound after a brutal winter wracked their networks and shippers’ supply chains will be one of fits and starts.
12 Jun 2014
Ship agents in India’s Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) have called on state-owned rail operator Container Corp. of India to urgently provide more intermodal trains to tackle rising inventory levels at the country’s largest container gateway.
12 Jun 2014
Cargo growth at a major intermodal complex outside of Chicago has triggered a fight between the developer and users of the inland port and a village fearful of accidents caused by the increased congestion.
Hub Group containers
12 Jun 2014
Hub Group is adding equipment, technology and drayage drivers in an effort to improve intermodal fluidity.
11 Jun 2014
APM Terminals said container rail capacity at its Gothenburg facility will increase by 50 percent when a new rail track and two specialized rail cranes start operations in the fall.
09 Jun 2014
CHICAGO — U.S.
Spot intermodal rates in the Top 36 lanes
04 Jun 2014
Intermodal rates in the U.S. rose this week, following several weeks of spot rate decreases across the nation.
03 Jun 2014
Intermodal rail shippers could see an uptick in rates not just because truckload pricing will rise, but also because the U.S. and Canadian railroads want to throttle back volume growth to keep favorable margins, a noted rail analyst said.
02 Jun 2014
Container Corp. of India boosted fiscal year 2013-14 net income 3 percent from a year earlier to $161 million.
02 Jun 2014
Fesco Transportation Group’s revenue and earnings declined in the first quarter.
Canadian National Railway
30 May 2014
Canadian National Railway said its domestic and international intermodal services have returned to normal summer operating levels following a brutal winter that wracked most North American rail networks and played havoc with shippers’ supply chains.
BNSF intermodal train
29 May 2014
U.S. intermodal service doesn’t appear to have improved significantly since severe winter weather and rising traffic crippled most rail networks and disrupted shipper supply chains in the first four months of the year.
North American intermodal traffic is up 5.3 percent so far this year on reporting railroads. Source: AAR.
23 May 2014
The volumes of both carloads and intermodal units on railroads in North America continued their upward trend in mid-May, according to the Association of American Railroads.
21 May 2014
Severe intermodal delays during the harsh winter appear to have burned U.S. shippers, causing them to slow down on how much volume they will shift from the highway to the rails over the next 12 months.
BNSF and Ferromex locomotives
20 May 2014
U.S. and Mexican shippers later this month will gain better access to manufacturing growth in central Mexico through a joint service operated by BNSF Railway and Ferromex, the latest railroad partnership forged to tap growing cross-border trade.
20 May 2014
U.S. shippers haven’t been this optimistic about volume growth in the coming 12 months since The Hurt Locker won the Academy Award for Best Picture and an Icelandic volcano disrupted flights to and from Europe.
National Industrial Transportation League President and CEO Bruce Carlton
19 May 2014
For the first time since the 2008-09 Great Recession, shippers have a “small smile on their faces” when it comes to the economy, National Industrial Transportation League President and CEO Bruce Carlton said. Their increasing optimism in the economy, however, doesn’t quell their concerns over a myriad of other issues, from tightening capacity to infrastructure investment. Carlton recently spoke with JOC senior editors William B. Cassidy and Mark Szakonyi about the expectations NITL members have for the coming months.
Randy Bayles
15 May 2014
Norfolk Southern's Randy Bayles, director of international intermodal, on what the West Coast labor uncertainty really means, as well as East Coast capacity-adding measures, short-haul intermodal and inland port projects.
14 May 2014
WASHINGTON — A key report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this fall will go a long way toward determining how committed politicians and business leaders are to taking the North American Free Trade Agreement to the next level.
Three trains a day shuttle between the SEAT plant and the Port of Barcelona.
14 May 2014
BARCELONA, Spain — In the middle of the rolling coastal mountains near this Mediterranean seaport a huge auto plant sprawls. The SEAT plant, which serves as the headquarters of Spain’s only domestic automaker, makes four different models, three under SEAT brand names and the Audi Q3, which is part of the family of cars produced by Volkswagen of Germany, which acquired control of the Spanish company in 1986. Most of the plant’s production is bound for export markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Bill Clement
12 May 2014
Bill Clement, CSX Transportation vice president, on misconceptions about intermodal's ability to reach smaller and mid-tier markets, the ease of highway-to-rail cargo conversion and CSX expansions this year.
12 May 2014
How fast U.S. and Canadian railroads can improve their intermodal services over the next several weeks, after a devastating winter, will determine how much domestic volume growth they will see this year.
12 May 2014
A new fixed-day, weekly container rail service links Moscow to the Far East of Russia, and Ruscon, the operator, plans to dispatch more container trains between central and eastern Russia in the “near future.”
UP intermodal train
08 May 2014
Union Pacific Railroad appears to be taking advantage of shippers’ frustrations with BNSF Railway service between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago — one of the busiest North American intermodal lanes — by launching its own service between Portland and Chicago.
IDS Top 36 Lane Index
06 May 2014
Intermodal rates in the U.S. dropped for a third straight week as transportation through Chicago recovers from wintertime snarls.
Snow in Chicago.
02 May 2014
CHICAGO — Chicago is living up to its reputation as the nation’s transportation bottleneck.
29 Apr 2014
Some shippers this winter couldn’t deal with tightening truck capacity by shifting loads to intermodal trains even if they wanted to.
24 Apr 2014
U.S. intermodal should see another year of robust demand, provided that rail service recovers following service disruptions in the first quarter, according to an executive from Hub Group.
24 Apr 2014
Norfolk Southern Railway said it expects to “get some uplift in intermodal pricing” for about a third of its intermodal business, as truck capacity tightens and over-the-road rates increase as a result.
23 Apr 2014
Canadian Pacific Railway said it is increasing its domestic intermodal volume at a pace that by the end of the year will more than offset the loss of three container line contracts.
22 Apr 2014
The Port of Tacoma is working with the two western railroads, its local provider (Tacoma Rail), cargo transloaders, Washington State exporters and trans-Pacific ocean carriers to enhance intermodal rail service from the port.