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

19 Oct 2020
The rail agreement between Canadian Pacific and Maersk follows the mid-September announcement that the two companies will build and operate a transload and distribution facility at CP’s existing terminal in Vancouver.
01 Oct 2015
German port operator Eurogate has acquired a 16.67 percent interest in Contrail Logistica, a Brazilian provider of intermodal transport solutions in the hinterland of Santos.
30 Sep 2015
Booming business at Union Pacific Railroad’s intermodal ramp in North Laredo, Texas is spurring a $90 million expansion at the facility tapping U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade.
30 Sep 2015
U.S. domestic intermodal spot rates are jumping anywhere from $500 to $1,000 on peak season demand, but it won’t last long, according to third-party logistics provider IDS.
30 Sep 2015
The great swell in U.S. transportation, warehousing and utility jobs receded in July after hitting historic heights in April and May, but demand for workers remains strong in a complex employment market. Hiring numbers, and separations, continue to rise.
30 Sep 2015
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s biggest container handler, is increasing intermodal train deployments and rolling out more proactive measures in an effort to alleviate the backlog of containerized freight built up during the past few weeks.
23 Sep 2015
The Port of Long Beach announcement last week that the $93 million Green Port Gateway rail project had been completed was yet another step forward in a multi-year effort by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to invest well over $1 billion to expand rail infrastructure at the largest U.S. port complex.
22 Sep 2015
Wick Moorman, who retired as Norfolk Southern Railway's chief executive in June, will formally step down from the executive chairman post on Oct. 1. President and CEO Jim Squires, deemed Moorman's successor in all other capacities, will become the railroad company’s chairman as well.
22 Sep 2015
On Aug. 27, Reynolds Hutchins, JOC.com associate editor, discussed what’s been done and what still needs to be done in the intermodal sector with industry experts. What follows is part 2 of the JOC.com roundtable discussion.
20 Sep 2015
U.S. intermodal volume has slowed down from the 4.8 percent clip seen last year, raising questions not just on the outlook for 2015 and beyond, but also how much of the recent slowdown is due to less-than-stellar service. With Ieaders of the Intermodal Association of North America, Reynolds Hutchins, JOC.com associate editor, discussed how the intermodal sector is still on track for steady growth and how the network responded to West Coast congestion
18 Sep 2015
Norfolk Southern Railway is downsizing and refocusing its Triple Crown Services subsidiary on the transport of automotive parts and moving non-auto part business to other NS intermodal lanes.
17 Sep 2015
U.S. shippers say they are having a harder time shifting freight from the roads to intermodal rail, but those that have already done so say they are sticking with rail service.
16 Sep 2015
The Hub Group has tapped a consultant to its board of directors and a former executives who has filled multiple roles as president and COO, replacing Mark Yeager who abruptly left both positions in August.
South Carolina inland port at Greer
16 Sep 2015
astman Chemical is avoiding hundreds of 300-mile round truck trips a month to the Port of Charleston by loading them at the inland port in Greer, South Carolina.
15 Sep 2015
Certain shippers tapping southbound U.S.-Mexico intermodal services offered by Schneider National won’t have to wait on protracted clearance processes at the border, thanks to new streamlined customs processes announced Tuesday.
15 Sep 2015
The weeklong truck drivers strike in Ontario is growing in size and continues to disrupt cargo deliveries in the greater Toronto area, according to the group of independent owner-operators behind the protests.
15 Sep 2015
Tiger Cool Express is making some major moves on the personnel and asset front, hiring two industry veterans to help handle the tripling of the reefer intermodal service provider’s domestic equipment fleet.
14 Sep 2015
CSX Transportation’s newest terminal outside Montreal is allowing transportation providers such as Schneider l to offer intermodal shippers more direct connections between Canada and the U.S.
14 Sep 2015
The addition of some over-the-road capacity is tempering contract rate hikes, Avondale Partners says. Low spot market truck rates and fuel prices may be helping, too.
12 Sep 2015
The volume of U.S. freight handled by brokers increased 7.6 percent from a year ago in the second quarter, as brokers diversified services.
12 Sep 2015
U.S. freight volumes dropped in August, falling 4.6 percent year-over-year, while shipper spend on transportation slipped 8 percent, the latest Cass Freight Index shows.
10 Sep 2015
A group of truck drivers protesting their classification as independent drivers are disrupting Toronto-area container deliveries by blocking trucking terminals.
09 Sep 2015
Russian rail monopoly RZD and the operator of the Yingkou port are looking to create a logistics center in Moscow and a logistics park at the northern Chinese port.
09 Sep 2015
CSX Transportation’s President and Chief Operating Officer Oscar Munoz, who was widely viewed at the top candidate to take over the Class I railroad, is leaving the company to take the helm of airline holding company United Continental.
06 Sep 2015
U.S. Intermodal volume growth was still chugging along in August, despite a slower-than-hoped-for recovery in both the country’s economy and train speeds.
03 Sep 2015
Norfolk Southern Railway announced it will be realigning its executive reporting structure for two key departments, the latest in a series of leadership shakeups the railroad has announced since the start of the year.
03 Sep 2015
FESCO, one of Russia’s largest privately-owned transportation and logistics companies, posted significant declines in container volumes in the first half but believes that its future is bright.
02 Sep 2015
By snapping up the remaining shares of Van Dieren Sweden, multimodal logistics operator Samskip aims to strengthen its European intermodal rail links and gain business from shippers.
02 Sep 2015
Transcontainer, Russia’s leading intermodal freight transporter, saw its revenue plummet 64 percent in the first half to $15 million, compared to $41.4 million in the first-half of 2014, as the decline in Russian trade makes itself felt in companies’ bottom lines.
01 Sep 2015
As peak season nears, U.S. domestic intermodal spot rates last month fell to their lowest point since September 2012, a result of intense competition from the over-the-road sector and weaker than usual demand, according to third-party logistics provider IDS.
28 Aug 2015
South Florida ports are readying themselves for gale force winds and a downpour of rain as Tropical Storm Erika prepares to make landfall in the Sunshine State this Monday.
27 Aug 2015
Russian railway monopoly RZD plans to build a $30 million inland hub aimed at reducing congestion at the nearby St. Petersburg port and handling transshipped cargo from the country’s largest container gateway.
26 Aug 2015
Last week U.S. intermodal volume growth hit its fastest pace in roughly two months.
25 Aug 2015
China and Kazakhstan are working to more than double containerized rail traffic bound for Europe via the launch of the Trans-Caspian international transport route connecting China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
24 Aug 2015
U.S. retailers and manufacturers are slicing into inventories they built up during the West Coast port labor dispute, contributing to what's reported to be a softer third-quarter freight market. Stronger consumer spending may help shippers balance inventories as peak season demand picks up.
20 Aug 2015
Despite flatlining train speeds and persisting service issues, U.S. intermodal volumes have increased to their highest level in more than two months.