BNSF Permit Embargo and the Need for Network Visibility

California has been a hotspot for congestion and service delays, and conditions have yet to let up. Last week, BNSF railway issued a permit embargo on select westbound shipments to California.

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The “Bullwhip Effect” on Rail

Between Coronavirus, supply chain slow-downs, and an encroaching recession, we’re entering a perfect storm of “inventory drawdown.” As FreightWaves puts it, we’re bracing for a “bullwhip effect."

STB Hearings Highlight Need for Rail Network Visibility

You’ve probably heard about the recent Surface Transportation Board hearings regarding railroad service improvements. The complaints are ample, and there’s a consistent theme: the rail industry is in dire need of network visibility.

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Visibility with RailState: It’s Time for Rail to Join the Visibility Game

When it comes to the railroad: you can trace your car and get an estimated ETA based on system average statistics, likely from two or three weeks ago. Unlike the other modes of transportation, there aren’t real-time updates on what

Speed, Dwell Time, and Cars Online: Class I Rail Metrics

When it comes to Class I railroads, there are a few metrics used to report performance, and Supply Chain Dive broke them down recently

“State of Freight” on: Intermodal Trends

A podcast we love? "State of Freight," by FTR's VP of Intermodal, Todd Tranausky. This episode features some great stats on intermodal — a hot-button sector of the industry.

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