Comprehensive coverage of rail freight/intermodal transportation management including logistics, shippers, carriers, shipping rates, tariffs, costs and rail loads and volumes.

Transportation Best Practices: Intermodal looks marvelous!

Posted 05/01 · 08:13 AM · LM Editorial
The red-hot intermodal sector is “in fashion” these days as shippers opt for lower rates at near-truck service levels. Our intrepid trucking correspondent examines the factors driving this impressive growth as well as how logistics professionals are using the option as part of their 2011 transportation tool kit.

Rail and intermodal volumes see slight sequential declines, says AAR

Posted 04/29 · 07:41 AM · LM Editorial
Like the preceding week, rail traffic was mixed for the week ending April 23 compared to last year, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Q&A: Werner’s Leathers shares insights on industry issues

Posted 04/28 · 07:44 AM · LM Editorial
At last week’s NASSTRAC Logistics Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., LM Group News Editor Jeff Berman had an opportunity to speak with Leathers about myriad industry-related topics, including energy prices, modal shifts, and government regulation, among others.

Rail shipment issues cited in WSJ report are a matter of network velocity

Posted 04/25 · 08:42 AM · LM Editorial
When a Wall Street Journal article reported that rail shipping woes were impacting auto deliveries, industry experts told LM the situation is not as dire as it seems.

Rail traffic is slightly mixed on an annual basis for week ending April 16, says AAR

Posted 04/22 · 08:19 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume—at 295,426—was down 0.3 percent compared to last year, and intermodal was up 9.8 percent at 230,460 trailers and containers.

Schneider eyes shorter-haul, Mexican freight for intermodal shift

Posted 04/19 · 02:35 AM · LM Editorial
Schneider National, the nation’s second-largest truckload carrier which traditionally has been a major player in long-haul intermodal traffic, is increasingly marketing shorter-haul freight options in a major shift that is sure to impact shippers’ choices and rates.

AAR says weekly rail volumes are up for week ending April 9

Posted 04/15 · 08:17 AM · LM Editorial
For the week ending April 9, carload volume came in at 293,798 for a 1.8 percent annual gain. Intermodal volume was up 12.4 percent at 228,713 trailers and containers.

J.B. Hunt reports record first quarter earnings

Posted 04/14 · 09:16 AM · LM Editorial
Trucking and intermodal services bellwether J.B. Hunt (JBH) kicked off the first quarter earnings season in style with record net earnings of $50.1 million or $0.40 per share compared to net earnings of $37.5 million and $.029 per share a year ago.

March rail traffic growth shows steady gains, says AAR

Posted 04/12 · 09:25 AM · LM Editorial
March rail carloads—at 1,493,553—were up 3.4 percent compared to March 2010 and up 11.2 percent compared to March 2009, said the AAR. The weekly carload average in March checked in at 298,711.

Rail carload volumes hit highest level since late 2008, says AAR

Posted 04/08 · 07:09 AM · LM Editorial
For the week ending April 2, the AAR reported that carload volume hit its highest level since the end of 2008 at 305,905 carloads for a 5.7 percent annual increase. This outpaced the weeks ending March 26, March 19, and March 12, which hit 200,903, 292,164, and 303,953, respectively.

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