Rail Freight

By Jeff Berman · July 8, 2016
The financial impact of the United States railroad industry on all facets of the nation’s economy cannot even come close to being understated. Association of American Railroad State of the Industry Report.
By Jeff Berman · July 7, 2016
Rail and Intermodal Volumes Fell in the 2016 State of Logistics Report. The Rail and Intermodal services have recovered
By LM Staff · June 10, 2016
Carloads saw a 16.6 percent annual decline at 224,258, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 17.9 percent at 231,088.
By Ben Camiel · June 7, 2016
The briefly considered merger of the Norfolk Southern (NS) and Canadian Pacific (CP) railroads is illustrative of the changes rail shippers should be watching for in both intermodal and bulk rail services.
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 Jeff Berman · November 1, 2015
In recent years intermodal expansion has been largely spurred on by increasing domestic growth—that’s not the case this year. We’re joined by three of the nation’s foremost experts to give shippers the clearest view available of the current intermodal market.
By Peter Moore · November 1, 2015
I was recently out west visiting shippers in the new oil patch and discussing issues in rail. In this area, rail does not mean intermodal, it means tank cars and hopper cars leased by shippers and shipped long distances to and from the many new oil and gas wells that have been drilled in the past few years.
By LM Staff · August 1, 2015
As Jeff Berman recently reported in our 2015 Rail/Intermodal Roundtable, the many service performance issues that faced the nation’s rail networks over this past winter and into early spring are clearly on the mend—and that’s great news for shippers heading into the peak season.
By Jeff Berman · June 1, 2015
Faced with service issues and declining performance metrics, rail and intermodal providers are keeping investment levels at record highs as they continue to work through the current challenges to get back to pre-recession performance levels.
By Michael Levans · June 1, 2015
Even casual observers of the freight transportation market are finding it difficult to avoid the success that the rail intermodal sector is experiencing. In fact, most of America is catching sporadic television advertising showcasing the sustainability and productivity benefits the mode offers U.S. business—Union Pacific’s well-produced spot caught my eye during a recent broadcast of a baseball game.
By Peter Moore · June 1, 2015
The Americas are seeing old rules of thumb fall to the wayside in intermodal freight movements as new services and new levels of activity are reached. Shippers should take note as carriers are adjusting to a higher level of intermodal commerce.
By LM Staff · January 6, 2015
U.S. Carloads were up 9.2 percent at 252,100, and intermodal at 181,238 containers and trailers saw a 5.4 percent annual gain.
By Patrick Burnson · January 1, 2015
The global economic recovery moves sluggishly forward, while the domestic picture has brightened considerably. Our leading market analysts explain how shippers should ready themselves for sustainable demand and plan for incremental rate hikes.
By Ted Prince · January 1, 2015
Over the past 20 years, we’ve heard extensive discussion about the “Railroad Renaissance,” a historical metaphor referring to the period between the Middle Ages and the Modern Era.
By Jeff Berman · November 24, 2014
BNSF said that its 2015 capital expenditures will be allocated towards various areas of its business, including maintenance and expansion of the railroad to meet the expected demand for freight rail service, with 2015 representing the third straight year BNSF has invested a record annual capital expenditures investment.

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