Intermodal II: Domestic Intermodal Service
Putting domestic containers on the rail can save shippers a lot of money, if they can deal with service that has historically been less consistent than long-haul trucking. The US Class I railroads are working hard to provide a truck-like service to shippers, simplifying networks, especially on domestic intermodal, which generally provides faster end-to-end service than international intermodal. Nevertheless, there have been service disruptions this year in Dallas, Chicago, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle-Tacoma with strong demand and equipment supply challenges as container and chassis turns are well below pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile, Schneider National will switch from BNSF Railway to Union Pacific Railroad in 2023, a reshuffling that could change how much business shippers do with top intermodal marketing companies (IMCs). This session will explore these issues and discuss how the US intermodal network will keep containers flowing as asset-based IMCs expand their container fleets.