US intermodal’s last battle? Equipment types

Like a great battle of lore, the intermodal industry probably is in the final chapters of the conflict between trailers and containers. The...

Analysis: Low-sulfur rule to impact US intermodal

The performance of the North American intermodal sector often is dramatically affected by exterior market forces. That was certainly the case in late 2017 when the electronic logging device...

New rail link deepens NY-NJ port’s Midwest reach

The first train left the Port of New York and New Jersey's new $149 million rail terminal on Monday, marking an intensified...

CSX brings Baltimore port closer to double-stack rail

CSX Transportation’s recommitting of $91 million toward a project that would provide double-stacking rail access to the Port of Baltimore narrows the gap needed in government...

What US truck shippers need to watch in 2019

Twelve months ago, it was quite clear shippers would battle with tight capacity and rapidly rising rates in 2018. This time the 2019 outlook is murky about where US truckload...

Analysis: US rail efficiency push a mixed bag for intermodal shippers

With more and more Class I railroads jumping on the “precision scheduled railroading” (PSR) bandwagon, it seems timely to step back to take a look at what it all means for intermodal.PSR seems to hold the prospect of improved service...

US shippers lose if US railroad regulations are approved

Proposed US federal railroad regulations ignore economic realities and historical lessons learned — and consumers will pay the price, according to a new report from the American Consumer Institute. Reforms to US railroad regulations in the late 1970s that ended route and rate controls reinvigorated an industry that was on the...

Peak season: Were US intermodal rail expectations set too high?

This has been a record year for US intermodal rail, but changes in shipping patterns apparently have lowered the autumn intermodal peak — or broken it into two smaller peaks. (Above: An intermodal train travels through California, United States.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Without a noticeable sign of a monster peak season,...

US intermodal spot rates outpace truck prices on key lanes

Not all one-time intermodal rates are higher than truckload. (Above: A freight train travels in Kansas, United States.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. US intermodal rail is traditionally a cost-effective alternative to truckload, but shippers should pay attention to spot rates because a truck is actually cheaper right now in a number of...

US intermodal peak delayed, tariffs could be to blame

Data suggest shippers moved up their September cargo movements to stock up before US tariffs were enacted on $50 million in goods on July 6 and Aug. 23, and on $200 billion of goods on Sept. 24. (Above: An intermodal train travels in Kansas, United States.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. In most...