Intermodal rail use has seen a huge increase in volume and traffic. One such example is BNSF Railway setting an unprecedented $4.3 billion spending budget. Other big players such as CSX are not lagging behind. In 2011 freight railroads spent $20 billion in upgrades including the purchase of more rail cars to help meet capacity demands. Intermodal rail use for today’s freight shippers has to be a viable option as tighter over the road truck capacity and ever increasing fuel prices make it more challenging to stay competitive in today’s market. Intermodal rail use will continue to be a mainstay as innovations in technology make shipments 40% to 50% less than their over the road counterparts.
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