Supply-Chain Backlogs Turn Chicago Into New Chokepoint

Chicago is emerging as a new bottleneck in the global supply chain as rail, trucking and logistics operators struggle with a glut of imports from Asia reaching the Midwestern freight hub. Union Pacific Corp. and BNSF Railway Co. have limited container shipments

Shortage of Railroad Workers Threatens Recovery

America’s freight railroads are struggling to bring back workers, contributing to a slowdown in the movement of chemicals, fertilizer and other products that threatens to disrupt factory operations and hinder a rebound from the pandemic, according to shippers and trade groups. The

How Biden's Executive Order Could Reshape Rail and Ocean Shipping

President Biden’s sweeping executive order signed last week laid out the administration’s priorities for promoting competitive markets and limiting corporate dominance. Among the dozens of provisions included in the order are directives aimed at railroads and ocean shipping. The administration says the

Cargo Owners Applaud White House Order on Competitiveness

Groups representing cargo owners are praising President Biden’s executive order on business competitiveness, but say stronger regulatory action and even legislation may be needed to resolve longstanding concerns over freight transport fees and services. “I think it’s a start,” said Jonathan Gold,

Biden to Target Railroads, Ocean Shipping in Executive Order

WASHINGTON—The Biden administration will push regulators to confront consolidation and perceived anticompetitive pricing in the ocean shipping and railroad industries as part of a broad effort to blunt the power of big business to dominate industries, according to a person familiar with

Amtrak's Commuter Rail Expansion Faces Hurdle From Freight Trains

WASHINGTON—Amtrak and the Biden administration have a $75 billion plan to transform passenger train travel across America—but aside from funding, the biggest challenge might be getting the nation’s freight railroads to get on board. The nation’s seven major freight carriers have long