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House takes action to avert crippling US rail strike

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 30, 2022, 3:15 PM EST

The US House of Representatives has waded into ongoing rail negotiations, passing a bill to prevent a potential strike and a second resolution that would give workers seven paid sick days.
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Rail shippers confident Congress will avert strike

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 29, 2022, 2:40 PM EST

Trade groups representing railroads and shippers are confident Congress will act to prevent a potential strike in December, but that is not stopping them from discussing the stakes involved.
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Top unions split on tentative agreement with US rails

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 21, 2022, 2:38 PM EST

Lawmakers in Washington will face pressure to bridge the divide between rail labor and management because any job action could snarl supply chains in the weeks leading up to end-of-year holidays.
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UP to lift demurrage caps at seven inland terminals

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 21, 2022, 1:07 PM EST

Union Pacific Railroad will no longer cap storage fees at seven inland ramps beginning next week, citing declining import volumes on the West Coast that has restored more typical cargo flow.
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UP battling box congestion at Chicago, Dallas terminals

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 16, 2022, 4:04 PM EST

UP is navigating congestion as ocean containers pile up in stacks in Chicago and Dallas, but the western US railroad believes it will clear the backlog at both terminals before the end of the year.
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Third US rail union rejects tentative labor agreement

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 14, 2022, 5:19 PM EST

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has become the third union to reject a collective bargaining agreement with US railroads reached in September, but no strike or lockout can take place until December.
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Intermodal providers clawing to keep rail business in 2023

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 9, 2022, 3:22 PM EST

The aggressive moves by intermodal providers to keep business with lower pricing come after North American domestic intermodal demand fell 10 percent between March and September.
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BNSF struggles persist for international loads in Chicago

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 7, 2022, 3:11 PM EST

Congestion continues at BNSF’s Logistics Park Chicago terminal as chassis shortages have led to prolonged turn times for truckers using LPC or other BNSF spillover lots.
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Seventh union ratifies tentative US rail agreement

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Nov 7, 2022, 10:52 AM EST

While three rail unions have yet to vote, one more has ratified the tentative five-year contract brokered in mid-September, bringing US Class I railroads and the dozen unions one step closer to a national bargaining agreement.
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Lower LA-LB imports help BNSF clear Dallas congestion

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Nov 4, 2022, 12:50 PM EDT

With softer import volumes coming from Los Angeles-Long Beach, BNSF has made significant progress clearing the backlog of ocean containers at its Dallas-area terminal and hopes to restore normal conditions within weeks.
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Inland woes boosting rail dwells in Vancouver

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor; and Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Oct 31, 2022, 4:10 PM EDT

A refusal by some truck drivers to call at congested rail ramps in Toronto and Montreal has caused the clogs to extend back to Vancouver, where rail container dwells are on the rise again after improving in September.
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JOC Intermodal Savings Index: Strong Q3 contract discounts

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Oct 31, 2022, 5:00 AM EDT

The JOC Intermodal Savings Index shows intermodal contracts saved shippers a lot of money in the third quarter, but spot rail rates saved very little, especially on short hauls in the eastern US.
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‘Too early’ to discuss 2023 rail contracts: Hub, Schneider

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Oct 28, 2022, 4:42 PM EDT

Hub Group and Schneider National sidestepped questions about intermodal contracts for 2023, a far different approach than the two companies took a year ago when the pricing power was on their side.
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US trade groups urge Biden to re-engage to avert rail strike

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Oct 27, 2022, 4:23 PM EDT

Now that a second rail union has rejected the tentative contract deal brokered by the Biden administration, trade associations are asking the White House to intervene before a potential November strike.
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Falling volumes drive leaner forecast for US intermodal

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Oct 26, 2022, 10:58 AM EDT

While US intermodal shippers are pleased service has improved, some don’t need the service reliability they sought earlier in the year because of elevated inventories and fears of an economic recession.
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UP ‘confident’ rail labor issues will be resolved without strike

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Oct 21, 2022, 1:05 PM EDT

The rank-and-file of the US’s third-largest rail union rejected a tentative deal hammered out last month, raising fears of a crippling strike just days before Thanksgiving.
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Norfolk Southern aims to boost grain shipments through NY-NJ

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Oct 14, 2022, 3:04 PM EDT

Norfolk Southern is adding a containerized grain export service from Ohio to the Port of New York and New Jersey as the Midwest harvest season looms and shippers seek alternative routings.
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Congestion easing at BNSF St. Louis, Fort Worth terminals

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Oct 11, 2022, 3:09 PM EDT

BNSF Railway has lowered container backlogs at two inland rail ramps as regional chassis shortages ease, allowing shippers to pick up freight more quickly.
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Barstow intermodal project could transform Southern California intermodal picture

Lawrence Gross, president, Gross Transportation Consulting | Oct 11, 2022, 8:00 AM EDT

BNSF’s newly announced Barstow International Gateway, with a rail yard, an intermodal terminal, and transload warehouses in Barstow, Calif., has the potential to transform California intermodal traffic with improved throughput and velocity, lower costs, and a reduced environmental impact.

Softer truck rates, spotty rail service give intermodal providers tough sell

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Oct 6, 2022, 11:20 AM EDT

Intermodal providers will have difficulty selling the rail product in early 2023 bids because truck rates continue to drop while intermodal service has been lackluster.
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