Filed in Rail Freight
Sunday, November 01, 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.
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.
Saturday, August 01, 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.
Monday, June 01, 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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, January 06, 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.
Thursday, January 01, 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.
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.
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Monday, 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.