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 National Railways also operate in the United States.  

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News & Analysis

21 Jan 2019
Bangladesh shippers have nearly tapped out containerized rail capacity on the Chittagong-Dhaka route.
A train travels in California, United States.
21 Jan 2019
The intermodal sector enters 2019 with cautious optimism amid adequate US economic growth; however, factors point toward more-competitive conditions.
Union Pacific rail yard, Nebraska, United States.
18 Jan 2019
The summer/fall beat-the-tariff front-loading of imports to West Coast ports is now spreading inland.
port of Savannah.
18 Jan 2019
A slew of upgrades, efficiency improvements, and new services are all aimed at boosting business.
An intermodal train.
18 Jan 2019
Amid tightening Mexican truck capacity, rail has an opportunity to attract smaller shippers.
An intermodal train travels in Mexico.
16 Jan 2019
Truckers and equipment providers in Mexico should find it easier to lease intermodal equipment if the country's first uniform interchange agreement goes ahead.
A double-stack train with truck trailers travels in the United States.
16 Jan 2019
The history of and the battle between trailers and containers parallels the history of US transportation.
An intermodal train travels in the United States.
14 Jan 2019
Class I railroads face uncertainty in global trade, as well challenges in service and pricing, to keep momentum going in 2019.
Container ship bunkering.
14 Jan 2019
IMO 2020 has the potential to change costs for freight that never comes close to the open sea.
An intermodal train in the United States.
08 Jan 2019
If price is how intermodal separates itself from trucking, railroads should think hard about rates.
Port of New York and New Jersey Bayonne.
07 Jan 2019
It’s the fourth terminal in the port’s rail system.
Big Port of St. Petersburg, Russia.
03 Jan 2019
Shortages in rail equipment, as well as dry and refrigerated containers, are increasing pressure on exporter operations.
Port of Veracruz.
02 Jan 2019
Mexico faces a wealth of uncertainty as it enters 2019, but it is unlikely to unravel the trade sector’s strength.
Containers at Chittagong port.
21 Dec 2018
With annual handling volume increasing substantially, Chittagong faces yard congestion throughout the year.
Port of Prince Rupert.
18 Dec 2018
The development of a grain transloading facility in western Canada by autumn 2019 will add to the export momentum that is building at Prince Rupert and Vancouver.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
18 Dec 2018
The terminal at GCT Bayonne is the port’s fourth rail terminal.
Freight rail cars.
17 Dec 2018
For the past few months, nearly 900 TEU of Dhaka ICD-bound containers remained delayed at the port, daily.
A truck being loaded in the United States.
17 Dec 2018
There is good reason to consider ditching the transactional model.
A warehouse in the United States.
14 Dec 2018
US freight volumes are still growing. Equally significant, the international political climate that affected imports, exports, and trade flows in 2018 could do so again in 2019.
A double-stack train in the United States.
14 Dec 2018
CSX Transportation has recommitted $91 million toward a project.
Trucks travel in the United States.
13 Dec 2018
The electronic logging device transition period has passed and the trucking industry has found a new normal. On the rails, intermodal volume has grown each week, year over year, except week one. What do the aforementioned mean for rates and capacity for each?
Union Pacific Railroad.
12 Dec 2018
Shippers will have to scramble after Union Pacific Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway announced the elimination of more than 425 domestic and nearly 100 international origin-and-destination interline pairs in multiple phases.
A highway in Alaska.
11 Dec 2018
Port, rail, and highway projects are among 91 grants distributed by the US Department of Transportation, including for the extension of port berths and terminals and inland port rail access.
A Canadian National Rallway train traveling.
06 Dec 2018
Canadian National Railway also is the sole rail provider at the port of Halifax.
A double-stack train travels in the United States.
06 Dec 2018
The advantages of double-stack trains are well known; even so, Maryland stakeholders remain short a substantial some of money for the project.
Gov. Nathan Dean.
03 Dec 2018
Although trains will still go through Atlanta, there will be a number of advantages for shippers by avoiding vehicle traffic.
APM Terminals Pipavav.
03 Dec 2018
“This [the new rail route] will help exporters and importers move their cargo faster and safely through an environment-friendly mode of transport,” said Keld Pedersen, managing director of APM Terminals Pipavav.
A train travels near the the Port of Long Beach.
28 Nov 2018
Ports are seeking a larger percentage of federal transportation funds, and with good reason: the American Association of Port Authorities has identified $20 billion in multimodal project needs for public port authorities alone.
A rail yard in Europe.
23 Nov 2018
With service and reliability levels below where they need to be, the European and UK rail sectors have embarked on separate strategies to improve operations and grow cargo volume on their networks.
A freight train in China.
20 Nov 2018
The network has evolved from a series of single shipper-driven services to more than 50, and a unique rail advantage, along with growing national economies, is at the core of the uptrend.
A truck travels on a US road.
19 Nov 2018
US volumes are still growing, but at a lower rate than a year ago, and shippers are benefiting; smaller trucking companies have lowered rates.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
16 Nov 2018
Higher freight volumes and shipper spending reported by the Cass Freight Index show that while the US economy may be expanding more slowly in late 2018, it is not on the verge of a contraction.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
15 Nov 2018
The changes across the US transportation landscape, from a trade war with mainland China to seemingly unstoppable e-commerce growth, require from logistics managers a drill-like precision and agility and closer collaboration with carriers.
A truck travels in Mexico.
15 Nov 2018
Anti-crime experts, in a 2018 advisory and intelligence report, had a specific point of advice for cargo owners, and it’s a change from an anti-theft stance most likely deployed by many owners.
Krishnapatnam Port.
14 Nov 2018
The rail project is critical for Krishnapatnam's effort to increase transshipment volume, following India's cabotage relaxation for foreign-flag ship operators.
Intermodal rail.
12 Nov 2018
As a shipper, whether you benefit from precision scheduled railroading (PSR) will likely hinge on how far you ship and where you ship from. In general, favorably situated shippers will probably experience superior service. But shippers in the wrong place could well find themselves back on the highway.