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

17 Sep 2021
Importers’ failure to return chassis equipment in a timely manner is tying up equipment, causing disruption that has spurred the top US rail regulator to ask whether the railroads have gone too far in paring intermodal networks to please investors.
11 Feb 2015
A strategic partnership between UTi Worldwide and Changjiu Logistics, the largest independent automotive logistics company in China, will be making good use of the growing rail services linking China and Europe.
Canadian Pacific intermodal train, winter
11 Feb 2015
Canadian intermodal shippers could see a reduction in Canadian Pacific Railway service if a union representing 3,300 locomotive engineers, conductors and train workers follow through with their threat to strike later this week if the railroad doesn’t meet their contract demands.
10 Feb 2015
U.S. West Coast port congestion is not only costing BNSF Railway intermodal volume, it's also hampering the railroad’s carload services.
10 Feb 2015
U.S. freight shipments and spending took a seasonal dip in January, but remained elevated compared with 2013 and previous years.
06 Feb 2015
Weekly U.S. rail volume hit an all-time high in January and traffic for the entire month was the second-highest ever — even as U.S. West Coast port congestion has hampered international intermodal traffic and spurred some shippers to divert cargo through Canadian ports and the respective rail networks.
05 Feb 2015
Union Pacific Railroad’s has promoted its president and chief operating officer to CEO.
05 Feb 2015
The Hub Group said U.S. intermodal rail service deteriorated further in the fourth quarter from the prior quarter, but it’s now seeing improvement and service could start approaching levels last seen in mid-2013, before last year’s harsh winter, as soon as this summer.
04 Feb 2015
Capacity constraints, particularly in its core U.S. truckload market, are pushing rates, revenue and profit higher for the largest U.S. logistics company.
04 Feb 2015
Saia's $25 million purchase of LinkEx, an intermodal logistics firm with international and domestic U.S. business, reflects growing interest in global freight among U.S. LTL carriers.
04 Feb 2015
TRAC Intermodal and Direct ChassisLink Inc. have formed a “gray” chassis pool to allow full interchange of most marine chassis in the Pacific Northwest ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Portland.
03 Feb 2015
The port congestion crisis on the U.S. West Coast and changing retail delivery patterns inland both challenged UPS in the fourth quarter, the company said today.
CN Railway in Michigan, winter
02 Feb 2015
The major North American freight railroads this year plan to spend 7.4 percent more on their U.S. networks and on hiring than last year, as they see growing demand and are working to restore service to mid-2013 levels.
02 Feb 2015
Avondale Partners sees higher over-the-road pricing ahead for shippers, but still expects some freight to shift from intermodal rail to truck as fuel prices and surcharges plummet, cutting into total trucking costs.
ExpressRail in Port of New York and New Jersey
02 Feb 2015
Containerized cargo volume at the Port of New York and New Jersey hit a record 5,772,303 20-foot-equivalent units last year, up 5.6 percent from 2013, the port authority said. ExpressRail, the port authority’s ship-to-rail system serving New York and New Jersey marine terminals, also set a new record.
02 Feb 2015
The world’s longest rail freight service — between China and Spain — has been put on hold because it hasn’t attracted cargo for its maiden return journey from Madrid.
30 Jan 2015
A key metric of U.S. intermodal rail service continues to show improvement even as volume builds, giving shippers a better shot of seeing the level of service they saw in 2012-2013 as soon as the spring.
29 Jan 2015
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — With transloading capacity scarce in Vancouver, an inland port 200 miles away aims to give forestry exporters the consistency in stuffing their products into containers they might not find in the greater Vancouver area.
29 Jan 2015
Greece’s new radical left wing government is set to freeze the planned sale of the state’s stakes in Athens airport, the port of Thessaloniki and rail companies as it seeks to tear up some of the conditions of its 240 billion euro ($271 billion) bailout agreement.
28 Jan 2015
Canadian National Railway expects intermodal to stay strong as shippers frustrated with U.S. West Coast port congestion push U.S-bound loads through Canadian ports and onto its network running through Chicago and down to New Orleans.
Norfolk Southern in the snow
27 Jan 2015
Railroads and trucking companies said shipping delays would be unavoidable Tuesday in the wake of severe winter weather that dropped as much as 2 feet of snow in some corners of the Northeast.
27 Jan 2015
Norfolk Southern Railway said poor network velocity cost it some domestic intermodal volume in the fourth quarter, but the railroad said overall service has turned a corner, allowing it to better handle expected domestic and international intermodal traffic growth this year.
Union Pacific train at grain silos
26 Jan 2015
Grain handlers in the northern Midwest say they are getting faster rail service, speeding soybean exports to the Pacific Northwest.
26 Jan 2015
Congestion and delays at U.S. West Coast ports meant UPS had to scramble to get containerized goods into its inland delivery network and to customers. Higher purchased transportation costs were a factor in lower fourth-quarter earnings.
23 Jan 2015
Kansas City Southern Railway’s intermodal traffic increased 8 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2014, despite congestion from other U.S. railroads and cross-border diversions that cost it some volume.
23 Jan 2015
Canadian National Railway turned down a request by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to extend the current conciliation process by 60 days, saying additional time isn’t required to reach an agreement.
23 Jan 2015
Canadian Pacific Railway said it expects mid- to high-single-digit intermodal revenue growth this year, as domestic intermodal traffic builds steadily and container lines boost volume on improving services.
22 Jan 2015
Union Pacific Railroad said U.S. West Coast port congestion will remain a drag on its volume growth until the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers agree to a contract.
22 Jan 2015
Construction began this week on a rail link that will connect a 360-acre logistics hub being built at a former Army base at the Port of Oakland with Union Pacific’s main line.
21 Jan 2015
The China-financed Mombasa-Nairobi rail link that is under construction is facing competition from Africa’s largest private equity firm that has invested $70 million in a competing rail connection that will also link the two cities.
19 Jan 2015
Trucking companies serving a major intermodal complex in the Chicago area face longer trips after the Illinois Commerce Commission ruled that a key route must be shut down to commercial traffic because of safety concerns, according to various reports.
16 Jan 2015
Barring a relapse of intermodal service woes, few shippers are expected to shift their freight back to trucking
15 Jan 2015
U.S. freight shipments and shipper transport spending both dropped from the previous month in December, but remained close to a post-recession high, according to the Cass Freight Index.
14 Jan 2015
CSX Transportation doesn’t think lower fuel prices for over-the-road trucking will derail its growing intermodal business.
14 Jan 2015
Roughly 1,650 Canadian Pacific Railway maintenance workers represented by the Unifor union have voted to strike if a contract with the railroad can’t be reached by Feb. 15.
14 Jan 2015
The potential impact of a U.S. West Coast port lockout on intermodal service - should it come to that - varies by expert but analysts agree that the railroads will act fast and decisively if it does occur.