Ramp Congestion Disrupts Intermodal Service
February 9, 2021
Severe ramp congestion from the recent winter storms continues to disrupt intermodal service in/out of Chicago and the Northeast. As a result, significant gate restrictions remain in place out of BNSF’s Chicago Corwith and Cicero ramps for standard service level shipments. In addition, NS has implemented gate restrictions in several lanes to the Northeast.
Below is a summary of all gate restrictions currently impacting J.B. Hunt. These restrictions are expected to limit J.B. Hunt’s ability to pick up shipments through at least Sunday, February 14. Therefore, customers shipping in the lanes below are strongly encouraged to take advantage of available J.B. Hunt intermodal and highway reroute options.
· BNSF Chicago (Corwith) to Denver, CO; Edgerton, KS; Alliance, TX; Houston, TX; El Paso, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, AZ; Barstow, CA; San Bernardino, CA; Stockton, CA; and all Mexico destinations
· BNSF Chicago (Cicero) to Seattle, WA and Portland, OR
· NS Chicago (47th Street) to Ayer, MA; Bethlehem, PA; and Elizabeth, NJ
· NS Rossville, TN; Atlanta (Inman), GA; and Jacksonville, FL to Rutherford, PA
· NS Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Toledo, OH; Rossville, TN; Atlanta (Inman), GA; and Charlotte, NC to Croxton, NJ
To expedite the recovery, J.B. Hunt is working with both the BNSF and NS to reroute crosstown traffic away from Chicago through alternative gateways. With the current winter weather challenges, velocity slowdown, and gate restrictions, container availability will be impacted throughout the country. With a vast network of service offerings, J.B. Hunt can provide highway solutions to mitigate these intermodal disruptions. A representative will communicate load specific delays along with alternative rail and highway routing options. However, please contact us with any of your transportation needs.
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.