Green Signals Growth for Intermodal Transportation

Green Signals Growth for Intermodal Transportation

Increasing road congestion and truck driver shortages will continue to drive intermodal growth but a potential decline in energy prices and a need for more terminals and mainline capacity could slow that growth.    

Intermodal continues to be the long-term growth engine for the railroad industry. It accounts for 43 percent of Class I unit volumes and may surpass 50 percent within three years. Intermodal revenues accounted for 22 percent of Class I revenues in 2013, outdistancing 20 percent coal revenues. 

Norfolk Southern is a good example of how intermodal has changed the rail industry. NS has evolved from dependence on coal 20 years ago to become the second largest intermodal carrier by v

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