US Truck Congestion Costs Billions Annually

Opportunities in Intermodal May Ease Conditions The American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) 2019 Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks brochure sheds light on the state of American truck congestion on the nation’s highways, and worsening congestion across the country. The Situation: Riding on the back of record freight volumes, 2018 saw year-over-year truck speeds at the top… Continue Reading

Charleston Harbor Deepening Project Receives $138M in Presidential Funding

The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project has received Congressional funding from the Trump Administration to the tune of $138M as part of the administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. The project, which will allow the passage of 14,000 to 18,000 TEU container ships drafting over 50 feet to safely pass through the port, has been met with… Continue Reading

Canadian Pacific Railway Labor Negotiations

Update: 05/30/2018 – CP Reaches Tentative Deals with Both TCRC-T&E and IBEW, Ending Strike Canadian Pacific has reached tentative agreements with both the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Train & Engine (TCRC) as well as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) ending a strike that began Tuesday night. Full operations at CP are expected to resume Thursday, May 31 at 6… Continue Reading

Georgia Ports Authority Breaks Ground on Mason Mega Rail Terminal

On Tuesday, March 27th, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) broke ground on a massive new intermodal facility expansion at the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal. According to the Georgia Ports press release, the $126.7 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal will increase the Port of Savannah’s rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year,… Continue Reading

Wage and Benefit Negotiations Move Forward Between Railways and Unions

Underway for over three years now, negotiations between the railways and unionized rail workers have made huge strides in recent weeks. According to a press release from the National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC), tentative agreements have been reached between the railroads and four more rail unions, the Brotherhood Railway Carmen (BRC), the International Association of… Continue Reading

Severe Weather Alert: Transportation Impacts 09/12/2017

Irma weakened to a tropical depression Monday night, with 35 mph winds and heavy rainfall as it continued northwest along its path. As Florida begins to assess damage left by Irma, officials in Georgia expanded the state of emergency to include all counties as the state grappled with flooding and power outages. Despite Irma’s westward… Continue Reading

Severe Weather Alert: Transportation Impacts 09/11/2017

As Hurricane Irma lays its assault on the Florida peninsula, it threatens the region’s primary commerce corridors with tropical conditions forecasted to reach Memphis and Charlotte over the next few days. Also, Harvey relief efforts may be impacted by the latest storm. Recovery from both systems could last months. Transportation Mode Updates from Carrier Assessments… Continue Reading

Severe Weather Alert: Transportation Impacts 09/08/2017

The catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Harvey had a major impact on families and businesses in Texas and parts of Louisiana. Over the past two weeks much work has been done to restore service in the affected areas but there remains progress to be made, particularly in places like Houston where the damage was significant…. Continue Reading

Severe Weather Alert: Transportation Impacts 09/07/2017

Recovery efforts are ongoing in Texas-Louisiana and travel remains limited in some areas. Progress is evident in the reopening of terminals, quick repairs to rail lines, and a return to more normal vessel operations. However, a long, costly road to recovery lies ahead. In anticipation of Hurricane Irma, some service has been disrupted in Florida…. Continue Reading