Surface

The Journal of Commerce’s surface transport news and analysis focuses on landside transport movement — from railroad news to trucking news — including full load trucking, less-than-truckload (LTL), refrigerated (or reefer) trucking, flatbed and domestic and international intermodal rail, and how it connects with seaports, inland rail hubs, distribution centers and transloading operations. Reporting on the surface transport sector covers the movement of domestic shipments within the United States and international cargoes transported via domestic equipment including trailers and 53-foot containers. 

The latest Surface News & Analysis

G&W Buying Into Maryland Midland

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>Short line and regional railroad operator Genesee & Wyomi
Rail News

Greenbrier to Build GE Tank Cars

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>Rail equipment supplier Greenbrier will enter the tank ca
Rail News

Big Tanks Get Bigger

John Gallagher |
One of the largest tank truck chemical haulers in the country is looking to turn the declining dolla
Trucking News

Universal Truckload Profit Dips Slightly

Thomas L. Gallagher |
While truckload carriers with large fleets are reporting losses or deep cuts in earnings, Universal
Trucking News

P.A.M. Gains Nearly Nothing

Thomas L. Gallagher |
P.A.M. Transportation Services earned just $36 thousand in the third quarter, a mere 1 percent of pr
Trucking News

Clinic Seeks Longer DM&E Review

JOC Team |
The Mayo Clinic, a longtime critic of the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad's expansion plans,
Rail News

Saia Net Drops 23 Percent

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Saia increased revenue through acquisitions but ran into the same soft market afflicting other truck
Trucking News

ABF Profit Sinks 40 Percent

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Arkansas Best Corporation earnings fell 40 percent in the third quarter due to lower tonnage and a d
Trucking News

GATX Income Soars

Thomas L. Gallagher |
GATX, which controls and leases one of the largest railcar fleets in the world, earned a profit of $
Rail News

Wabtec Profit Surges

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Wabtec Corporation, a global provider of value-added, technology-based products and services for the
Rail News

California Ports Shift on Trucks

Stephanie Nall |
Officials at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will drop - at least temporarily - the three mo
Trucking News

Truck Tonnage Declines

Thomas L. Gallagher |
The biggest monthly gain in truck tonnage since February could not lift the industry out of the hole
Trucking News

KCS Seeks Border Rail Bridge

John D. Boyd |
Kansas City Southern Railway will try to win approval next year from U.S. and Mexican authorities to
Rail News

KCS Net Leaps 49 Percent

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Kansas City Southern, which operates the smallest of the top-tier Class I railroads in North America
Rail News

Old Dominion Adds Tons, Not Profits

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Old Dominion Freight Line paid for increased freight tonnage with lower prices in the third quarter.
Trucking News

Volvo Profit Falls

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Net sales for truck maker Volvo Group increased 13 percent in the third quarter. However, adjusted f
Trucking News

YRC Names Two to Board

Thomas L. Gallagher |
YRC Worldwide named Michael T. Byrnes and Mark A. Schulz to its board of directors.<br><br>"They bot
Trucking News

Rail Traffic Weakness Continues

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Freight traffic on U.S. railroads continued its long spiral into week 42 as intermodal and housing r
Rail News

California Wildfires Disrupt Transport

JOC Team |
Wildfires throughout Southern California caused the intermittent closing of the BNSF Railway's main
Rail News

Profit Free-Fall at YRC

John Gallagher |
YRC Worldwide's profits plummeted 51 percent in the third quarter from the same period a year ago du
Trucking News

YRC Worldwide Shifts Top Management

Thomas L. Gallagher |
YRC Worldwide on Thursday announced shifts in top management as the company's quarterly report detai
Trucking News

Norfolk Southern Profit Slips

John D. Boyd |
Eastern-U.S. railroad Norfolk Southern's third-quarter net income of $386 million was down from $416
Rail News

Celadon Earnings Drop 64 Percent

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Lower freight rates, higher fuel costs, a weaker dollar and more empty miles combined to severely re
Trucking News

STB Sets Cost Hearing

John D. Boyd |
Railroads have won a delay, at least, in the Surface Transportation Board's plan to impose a tougher
Rail News

UAW Strikes Truck Maker

Thomas L. Gallagher |
More than 4,000 members of the United Auto Workers union went on strike late Tuesday against Interna
Trucking News

TransForce Faces Slowdown

Thomas L. Gallagher |
TransForce Income Fund, Canada's largest transportation and logistics company, increased quarterly r
Trucking News

Paccar Takes a Hit

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Declines in the U.S. and Canada truck industry sapped gains from strong demand in Europe, Australia
Trucking News

Heartland Profit Falls

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Net income in the third quarter for Heartland Express fell 26 percent to $17.1 million. The biggest
Trucking News

Vitran Net Falls 37 Percent

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Vitran Corporation, a North American transportation and logistics firm, built up its LTL business wi
Trucking News

Marten Profit Cut in Half

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Marten Transport net earnings fell 54 percent to $3.1 million in the third quarter, even as revenue
Trucking News

Hub Sales Soften, Profit Grows

John D. Boyd |
Big intermodal service provider Hub Group reported a big 23 percent gain in net income, to $16.6 mil
Rail News

Hub Drops DNJ Deal

John D. Boyd |
When Hub Group, one of the largest intermodal marketing firms, said its Comtrak Logistics unit was b
Rail News

BNSF Earnings Rise 8 Percent

Thomas L. Gallagher |
BNSF earned a record $1 billion in operating income in the third quarter despite rising costs and so
Rail News

Diesel Jumps 5.5 Cents to $3.094

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Diesel jumped 5.5 cents this week to an average retail price of $3.094 per gallon, according to the
Trucking News

Canadian National Profits Fall

Courtney Tower |
Canadian National Railway profits totaled C$485 million (US$475 million) in the third quarter, down
Rail News

Trucking Faces Gloomy Outlook

John Gallagher |
A housing market downturn of "historic proportions" is siphoning fuel from a trucking industry that
Trucking News

Volvo Names N.A. President

JOC Team |
Per Carlsson will become on Jan. 1 president and CEO of Volvo Trucks North America Division. He is c
Trucking News

Con-way Profit Slides 40 Percent

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Con-way fought hard to win a modest increase in freight volume in a soft market in the third quarter
Trucking News

What's the plan?

BY ARI NATTER |
New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine has been mum on details of his plans to "monetize" the state's roadwa
Trucking News

Railcar Market Down Again

John D. Boyd |
The freight railcar industry shrank further in the third quarter, as equipment makers booked their l
Rail News