“The 2023 cargo volumes [at the Ports of Indiana] were even more impressive considering some of the major challenges facing our industry this past year with low water levels and lock closure,” Ports of Indiana CEO Jody Peacock said on Feb. 28. (Ports of Indiana Photograph)

Intermodal Briefs: Ports of Indiana, UP/Port Houston

The Ports of Indiana’s 2023 tonnage was the second highest in its 63-year history. Also, Union Pacific’s (UP) Port Houston-based on-dock rail service is now connecting two additional inland markets; and Port Houston’s container volumes are on the rise.

Shelley Simpson

Simpson to Lead J.B. Hunt

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. President Shelley Simpson will add CEO to her role starting July 1, and has been nominated for election to the Board at the company’s shareholders meeting next month.

(Photograph Courtesy of Norfolk Southern)

AAR: Carload, Intermodal Upticks for Week 8

U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 24, 2024 (Week 8), came in at 483,656 carloads and intermodal units, rising 7.7% from the same week last year, based on 224,251 carloads—up 2.6% from 2023—and intermodal volume of 259,405 containers and trailers—up 12.6%, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Feb. 28.

Missouri Intermodal Port Site ‘Primed for Growth’

A 300-acre intermodal Port District zoned property along the Mississippi River in Herculaneum, Mo., is being called a “unique and unprecedented opportunity for intermodal development,” according to the St. Louis Regional Freightway, citing the location’s more than two miles of river frontage, 200-acre buffer, 30,000 linear feet of Union Pacific (UP)-operated rail and access to Interstate 55.

“By using state-of-the-art equipment and temperature-monitoring technology, CN’s IntelliGEN™ genset fleet manages the flow of electric power to the reefer containers while in transit to ensure that products reach their destination safely, on time, and at the right temperature,” according to the Class I. (Image Courtesy of CN)

CN: ‘Keeping it Fresh’

CN is using its IntelliGEN™ genset fleet to ensure that customer products reach their destination “safely, on time and at the right temperature.”


STB Orders New Status Report on Amtrak Gulf Coast Service

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Feb. 26 decided the Amtrak Gulf Coast Service proceeding will remain in abeyance and directed the parties to file a joint status report by March 15 covering issues raised during this month’s hearing on the slow pace of getting two Amtrak trains in each direction running between New Orleans and Mobile.