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By Jeff Berman · April 11, 2016
The proposed nearly $30 billion merger of Class I railroad heavyweights Canadian Pacific (CP) and Norfolk Southern (NS) has come to an end despite myriad repeated overtures by the former. That was the word from Calgary-based CP, with the company saying today it has officially terminated its efforts to merge with CP, coupled with withdrawing a resolution in which it had asked NS shareholders to vote in favor of good-faith negotiations between the railroads and stating that it will not make any further financial offers or overtures to meet with the NS board of directors.
By LM Staff · March 25, 2016
Carloads were down 17.2 percent compared to the same week last year at 235,390 carloads, and intermodal containers and trailers were down 10.7 percent annually at 248,073.
By Jeff Berman · February 25, 2016
The most recent edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners showed that truckload and intermodal rates for the month of January were mixed.
By LM Staff · February 19, 2016
Carloads continued to slide, falling 15.4 percent, or 244,344 carloads, annually, and intermodal trailers and containers headed up 10.4 percent annually to 260,814.
By Jeff Berman · February 3, 2016
Intermodal volumes for the fourth quarter of 2015 were mostly in line with both volumes and trends that were intact through the first three quarters of the year, according to the Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics Report issued this week by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).
By LM Staff · January 29, 2016
Carloads fell considerably, falling 19.5 percent annually to 237,190, and intermodal containers and trailers were down 0.1 percent annually at 253,134.
By Jeff Berman · January 27, 2016
While the investments are beyond impressive, 2016 capital expenditure investments rolled out by Class I railroads in recent weeks paint a picture of lower annual spending levels compared to past years.
By LM Staff · January 22, 2016
Carloads for the week ending January 16 were off 16.6 percent annually at 242,670, and intermodal containers and trailers were up 1.1 percent annually at 263,763.
By Jeff Berman · January 19, 2016
Late last week, Jacksonville, Fla.-based Class I railroad carrier CSX rolled out its proposed plans for an eastern North Carolina-based intermodal rail terminal entitled the Carolina Connector or CCX. CSX said this state-of-the-art terminal will be hugely beneficial for North Carolina businesses and ports in serving the metro-Raleigh area, which it said is one of the largest and fastest-growing markets in the South.
By LM Staff · January 14, 2016
Carloads for the week ending January 9 were down 13.5 percent annually at 239,221, and intermodal containers and trailers were up 7.5 percent annually at 258,939.
By LM Staff · January 12, 2016
Both truckload and intermodal pricing finished 2015 with lesser gains, according to the most recent edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners, which was released last week.
By Patrick Burnson · January 4, 2016
Intermodalism is set to grow even faster as more business is conducted in cross-border commerce.
By LM Staff · December 18, 2015
Carloads were down 13.2 percent annually at 270,953, and intermodal containers and trailers were down 2.3 percent annually at 274,022.
By Patrick Burnson · December 1, 2015
The 2015 Pain in the (Supply) Chain survey recently conducted by UPS coincided this year with qualitative interviews of healthcare executives in North America to gain further insights into trends, challenges and opportunities having an impact on healthcare logistics.
By LM Staff · November 13, 2015
Carloads were down 8.7 percent annually at 272,063, and intermodal containers and trailers were down 1.5 percent annually at 267,102.

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