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Rail Ramp Congestion in Chicago and Southern California

Ramp Congestion Disrupts Intermodal Service

December 15, 2020

Severe ramp congestion is impacting the intermodal network in Chicago and Southern California, delaying both inbound and outbound loads. To expedite the recovery, the BNSF and NS railroads have implemented the following gate restrictions and closures for standard service level shipments.

Gate Restrictions (limited number of shipments allowed to ingate)

·       BNSF Los Angeles, CA to all destinations, including interline shipments

·       BNSF San Bernardino, CA to all destinations, including interline shipments

·       BNSF Chicago (Cicero) to Saint Paul, MN; Seattle, WA; and Portland, OR, including interline shipments

·       BNSF Chicago (Corwith) to Edgerton, KS; Alliance, TX; Houston, TX; Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ; Barstow, CA; San Bernardino, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Stockton, CA; and all Mexico destinations, including interline shipments

·       NS Chicago (47th Street) to Ayer, MA, including interline shipments

Gate Closures (no shipments allowed to ingate)

·       NS Chicago (63rd Street) to Pittsburgh, PA; Toledo, OH; and Buffalo, NY, including interline shipments (except steelwheel shipments from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh)

·       NS Pittsburgh, PA to Chicago (63rd Street), including interline shipments

·       NS Toledo, OH to Chicago (63rd Street), including interline shipments

·       NS Buffalo, NY to Chicago (63rd Street), including interline shipments (except steelwheel shipments to Los Angeles)

As a result of railroad restrictions and closures, J.B. Hunt’s ability to pick up freight in the lanes listed above is expected to be impacted through Saturday, December 19.

J.B. Hunt will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available. Customer service is extremely important to J.B. Hunt, and we apologize for the inconvenience these service interruptions have caused. A J.B. Hunt representative will communicate load specific delays, along with alternative rail and highway routing options.