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 National Railways also operate in the United States.  

News & Analysis

Canadian Pacific Railway.
20 Apr 2018
The labor unrest will delay shipments within Canada and across the border with the United States, disrupting supply chains in the two countries.
Containers stacked at a port.
20 Apr 2018
Annual service contract negotiations between US importers from Asia and ocean carriers are moving slower than in past cycles. Beneficial cargo owners are holding out for lower rates, to offset rising supply chain costs elsewhere, but they may be disappointed by their efforts.
An Amazon fulfillment center in Indiana.
19 Apr 2018
An explosion of e-commerce business is driving up rents at last-mile/last-touch fulfillment centers in urban core locations, and entrepreneurial truckers are finding ways to participate in this growing market. But the end result is a plus for beneficial cargo owners and consumers, as these developments enhance customer service and prevent final delivered costs from getting out of hand.
A freight train in Russia approaches Moscow.
19 Apr 2018
Cargo can now make the East Russia-Europe trip in about six to seven days, as opposed to 10 to 11 days previously, owing to railway improvements that enable higher speeds.
Kansas City Southern Railway.
19 Apr 2018
KCS will add a weekly container train between New Orleans and Dallas to feed empty containers to port and provide intermodal capacity to support imports. The Port of New Orleans is trying to leverage its newly acquired Public Belt short line to expand intermodal service.
port of Savannah.
18 Apr 2018
US Southeast ports are expanding inland, giving beneficial cargo owners in the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and other areas an intermodal opportunity to avoid the long, expensive dray to a port city — a significant option in a capacity-short US truck transport market.
The Port of Barcelona.
18 Apr 2018
It is a ‘good kind of problem’ to have: the Port of Barcelona faces a year ahead that will be hard to match, concerning volume, which means business boomed in 2017, and the outlook for 2018 is promising as well.
Port Metro Vancouver.
17 Apr 2018
With container dwell times back below three days, port stakeholders in Vancouver are now focusing on the issue at hand, which is to marshal assets and share operating strategies so they are not caught flat-footed by a spike in volumes in peak season 2018.
Union Pacific Railroad in Oregon.
17 Apr 2018
Shippers gave railroads poor marks on its latest quarterly report, according to a Cowen & Co. survey. More than 50 percent of shippers did not have a favorable review of service since January 1, as railroads struggled to handle the additional spillover freight from the US truck sector. Railroads blamed inclement weather and say better times are ahead. Shippers and lawmakers argue the problems are deeper.
Port of Montreal.
16 Apr 2018
Shippers concerned that rising cargo volumes at the Port of Montreal will increase rail dwell times may have their fears allayed by a Canadian Government investment designed to improve rail efficiency and make the port more competitive.
A Bangladesh railway.
13 Apr 2018
Bangladesh, currently in its seventh five-year plan, which covers 2016 to 2020, has set goal of a 15 percent rail transport share by 2020.

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