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.
19 Nov 2015
Russia’s container transportation market is on the verge of consolidation. The country’s two largest, and ailing, container transport providers — container line and terminal operator Fesco and containerized rail provider Transcontainer — plan to merge.
19 Nov 2015
The top U.S. rail regulatory agency on Wednesday gave guidance on when it expect to wrap up the issue of reciprocal switching, and provided a glimpse into the arduous regulatory process facing the potential merger of the Norfolk Southern and Canadian Pacific railways, according to attendees at an industry event.
19 Nov 2015
U.S. shippers moving goods to and from the Midwest will have a so-called third-coast option to hedge against port congestion on the East and West coasts when an intermodal terminal serving Mobile opens in May, giving the port its first intermodal rail connection in roughly a decade.
18 Nov 2015
China’s Belt and Road initiative means opportunities for maritime and logistics players despite inherent risks with investing in some of the markets along the planned routes, according to top executives from three leading China-based logistics and port companies.
17 Nov 2015
Tuesday’s proposed merger of Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern railways raises the question of whether the Class I railroad industry will be swept up in the wave of consolidation hitting the third-party logistics, parcel, and perhaps, even, the container shipping industries.
17 Nov 2015
The importance of the Trans-Siberian Railway, or Transsib, as a container route from Asia to Europe is steadily growing, despite the decline in volume this year, according to Oleg Belozerov, president of Russia’s railway monopoly, RZD.
15 Nov 2015
With carload volumes on the decline, and intermodal service on the incline, the temptation to link the two, or to go further, and claim one has caused the other, arises. The two networks overlap significantly, but operate differently and have significant exclusivity as well.
12 Nov 2015
TACOMA — On-dock rail is a requirement for West Coast ports, which ship about two-thirds of their containerized imports inland via intermodal, but the Port of Tacoma really sees efficient rail operations as a strategic advantage in its competition for market share with Canada and California ports.
11 Nov 2015
The Cass Freight Index, both for U.S. freight shipments and payments, dropped a step in October, as shippers worked through piles of inventory.
10 Nov 2015
Logistics operators at the U.S.-Mexican border are handling more transloaded truck freight, as rising volumes clash with the weak peso and imbalanced capacity.
09 Nov 2015
Canadian Pacific Railway is reportedly gearing up to make a play for Norfolk Southern Railway in a new effort to consolidate the North American rail industry just 13 months after a similar bid for NS archrival, CSX Transportation, fell flat.
09 Nov 2015
BNSF Railway's intermodal volume growth accelerated in the third quarter as the western railroad said strong service and normalizing trade patterns bumped up volume and in turn helped boost net income and revenue.
08 Nov 2015
U.S. shippers and the surface transportation providers that serve them can be excused for feeling a bit jittery about the nation’s economic recovery. Nearly every day there’s a new data reading suggesting the U.S. economic rebound is slowing, as high inventories, weak exports, limping domestic factory output and global headwinds, exacerbated by a winded China, take a toll.
07 Nov 2015
A 2 percent gain by the world's Top 50 largest transportation service providers in 2014 marked a turnaround after the group’s combined revenue slipped 0.1 percent in 2013.
07 Nov 2015
The United States’ largest transportation operator is now the world’s largest transportation and logistics company.
06 Nov 2015
After a slow year, the outlook for the North American intermodal industry is brightening as service improves, truck capacity tightens and international trade patterns return to normal, according to the Intermodal Association of North America.
06 Nov 2015
UPS assumed the top spot on the JOC-SJ Consulting Group list of Top 50 Global Transportation Providers in terms of 2014 revenue, pushing Deutsche Post DHL to the No. 2 position. Of the Top 50, 13 companies are located in North America, 19 in Europe, 16 in the Asia-Pacific region, and one each in India and Australia.
02 Nov 2015
For the first time in nearly a year, more U.S. shippers say they are shifting freight from truck to rail than the other way around on improved intermodal service, according to a survey of roughly 600 shippers.
02 Nov 2015
U.S. shippers expect muted freight volume growth through the third quarter of 2016 as they continue to pull from existing stocks before placing new orders after inventories ballooned during the gridlock at West Coast ports.
29 Oct 2015
Hub Group profit rebounded in the third quarter after a management shake-up and intermodal volume declines. The strong quarter was partly thanks to increased intermodal and truck brokerage freight volume and incremental rail service improvements, the company said.
28 Oct 2015
Canadian National Railway beat expectations and “a tough volume environment” in the third quarter, executives said, as profits surged on strong domestic and overseas intermodal demand.
28 Oct 2015
A one-two punch of falling intermodal volume and weakness in the coal market hit Norfolk Southern Railway hard in the third quarter, prompting railroad executives to downplay expectations for the rest of the year.
27 Oct 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday approved a three-year deadline extension for U.S. railroads to install new safety technology, avoiding a catastrophe that railroads have said would cripple the network fluidity intermodal shippers depend on.
26 Oct 2015
CSX Transportation will launch a new domestic intermodal rail service next week connecting the Ohio Valley to Pennsylvania and Texas in a bid to compete directly with the railway’s over-the-road competitors.
23 Oct 2015
A planned $350 million container hub serving Moscow is aimed at handling increased cargo flows, reducing urban congestion and speeding distribution into central Russia.
23 Oct 2015
Ocean carriers, having essentially no control over pricing, are intensifying their efforts to uncover cost savings. That’s why improving productivity at the berth, which allows lines to maximize slow-steaming while remaining on schedule, is taking on a higher priority. Among the remaining opportunities is further leveraging of alliances into the inland arena.
22 Oct 2015
Months after the protracted labor negotiations that disrupted port operations on the U.S. West Coast came to an end, Union Pacific Railroad said West Coast diversions were still taking a toll on intermodal volume in the third quarter.
22 Oct 2015
The number of freight trains using the tunnel between the U.K. and France declined by 33 percent in the third quarter largely due to the migrant crisis at the port of Calais.
20 Oct 2015
Kansas City Southern Railway said less-than-par intermodal service is turning a corner after reliability cost the railroad volume in the third quarter.
20 Oct 2015
Canadian Pacific Railway’s domestic intermodal push seems to have lost its steam.
20 Oct 2015
Russian railway monopoly RZD is working to stop the flow of containerized cargo to other modes of transportation.
16 Oct 2015
Falling intermodal volumes contributed to another weak quarter for Kansas City Southern Railway.
16 Oct 2015
After more than a decade, nearly $4 billion worth of infrastructure improvements in Chicago are nearly complete. City, state and industry leaders say they are working, helping the city shake its reputation as the nation’s longtime transportation bottleneck.
14 Oct 2015
After two months of decline, the Cass Freight Index turned upward in September, with both shipment volumes and shipper spending on transportation rising toward a muted peak.
14 Oct 2015
CSX Transportation won back cargo lost to over-the-road competitors and made modest intermodal gains in the third quarter, but it was still not enough to stem the flow of money out of the company.