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Union Pacific has partnered with Duncan and Son Lines, a family-owned logistics firm based in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, to provide drayage services between the its Phoenix Intermodal Terminal and nearby distribution centers. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of POLB)
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The Year of Rail: Making Cargo Connections

Over the past two decades, the Port of Long Beach (POLB) has completed 10 major projects valued at more than $500 million to modernize its rail network for speeding cargo in and

How It Works: FLOW Data Inputs and Outputs—Members of the FLOW program (e.g., beneficial cargo owners, ocean carriers, ports, terminals, railroads) share individual logistics data (highlighted in bold in the graphic above) with the USDOT and in return receive an aggregated, anonymized, and holistic view of the relationship between incoming containers (demand), the available assets to move containers (supply), and throughput within a supply chain region. Incoming demand is shared up to 90 days in advance of arrival. (USDOT Graphic)

USDOT Marks Milestone on Second Anniversary of FLOW

The Freight Logistics Optimizations Works (FLOW) platform is now publishing data on inland freight hubs, including rail terminal and warehouse end destination data, that will provide an “enhanced view” of future container import volumes and traffic, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) reported March 20, the second anniversary of the platform’s launch to provide an integrated view of supply chain conditions in the United States and to help users forecast how current capacity and throughput will fare against future demand.

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ARH Explores Rail Shuttle-Inland Port Concept

Chicago-based Anacostia Rail Holdings (ARH) on Jan. 31 released two new reports examining the feasibility and benefits of rail service operating to an inland port for intermodal containers destined within 150 miles

The USDOT has awarded a $226.2 million INFRA grant and a $73.8 Mega grant to the Port of New Orleans to construct a new 1,200-acre container terminal on the Gulf Coast. (Port of New Orleans Image)

USDOT Awards $4.9B for Mega, INFRA Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is distributing $4.9 billion to 37 nationwide projects through the FY 2023-24 Mega (National Infrastructure Project Assistance) and INFRA (Infrastructure for Rebuilding America) grant programs. Twelve rail-related projects will receive a total of $1.6 billion; the Pier B project at the Port of Long Beach and the Louisiana International Terminal project at the Port of New Orleans are among the winners.

“At the end of this decade, the Port of Long Beach will be on the cusp of not only operational transformation given our rail investment, but also environmental transformation—to a zero-emission port,” CEO Mario Cordero said during his seventh annual “State of the Port” address. (POLB Photograph)

Watch: POLB Prepares for ‘Year of Rail’

Port of Long Beach (POLB) CEO Mario Cordero on Jan. 17 gave a “State of the Port” address, highlighting rail facility modernization and air quality improvement efforts that will continue through 2024, as well as 2023’s cargo volume statistics.

“The good news is that global trade is now edging up and we are looking forward to a return to more normal cargo volume levels in the year ahead,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said during his Jan. 10 “State of the Port” address.

Intermodal Briefs: Port of LA, Trigon

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka outlines plans for 2024 in his “State of the Port” address. Also, Trigon Pacific Terminals Ltd. (Trigon) initiates the regulatory review process for its planned Canadian LPG export project.

From Left to Right: Tina Beckberger, Chief Commercial Officer, AITX; Earl James, Jr., Global Regulatory & IPMT partner, Hogan Lovells; Jodi Heath, Vice President, Business Development, INRD; and MxV President and CEO Kari Gonzales, LRW's 2023 Railway Woman of the Year.
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People News: AITX, Hogan Lovells, INRD, POLB, Sound Transit, LRW

AITX appoints Tina Beckberger as Chief Commercial Officer. Also, Earl Adams, Jr., joins Hogan Lovells’ Transportation Practice as a Global Regulatory & IPMT partner; Jodi Heath joins the Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD) as Vice President, Business Development; the Port of Long Beach (POLB) appoints two division directors; Sound Transit considers Goran Sparrman for interim CEO; and the League of Railway Women (LRW) names MxV Rail President and CEO Kari Gonzales the 2023 Railway Woman of the Year.

“While rail bridge closures at Eagle Pass and El Paso affect approximately 45% of UP’s cross-border business, we expect the impact on overall volumes to be minimal due to quick resolution of activity,” TD Cowen analysts report. (Union Pacific Photograph)

TD Cowen’s 2024 Rail Preview

We modestly lower our fourth-quarter 2023 estimates on mix pressures that are likely to be somewhat mitigated by fuel tailwinds. Intermodal recovery comes at the price of yield given the protracted over-the-road (OTR) rate trough. A revenue per carload rebound is likely a late-2024 story, at best. First-quarter 2024 should see typical seasonal softening, which is well understood as the focus shifts to recovery. We favor Union Pacific (UP) and Norfolk Southern (NS) in 2024 on margin recovery prospects.