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Rail Gate Closures and Restrictions Disrupt Intermodal Service

BNSF continues to make progress recovering from last week’s Ludlow, CA derailment.  As a result, BNSF has communicated several gate closure and restriction updates.  BNSF has reopened the gates at its Los Angeles, CA Hobart and Commerce facilities.  However, due to ongoing congestion and car supply challenges, ingate restrictions are in place for both Los Angeles facilities.  BNSF has also reopened the gates at Atlanta/Fairburn, GA without restrictions.  Effective Monday, March 8, at 11:59 p.m., BNSF will lift all gate restrictions at its Stockton, CA ramp.  Finally, effective immediately, BNSF has closed the gates at Northwest Ohio to all destinations due to current rail car shortages.

With post-winter weather volume surges, NS and CSX have communicated several new gate closures and restrictions effective immediately.  NS has closed the gates from Jacksonville, FL to all destinations along with Chicago/Landers, IL; Kansas City, MO; and St. Louis, MO to Jacksonville, FL. NS is also restricting ingates from Chicago/Calumet, IL to Atlanta/Austell, GA and Charlotte, NC.  In addition, CSX has closed the gates from North Bergen, NJ to Indianapolis, IN.  

As the railroads work through the backlog of traffic and rail car imbalances from the recent service interruptions, gate closures and restrictions are necessary to expedite the recovery and avoid more severe ramp congestion.  Below is a summary of all rail gate closures and restrictions currently impacting J.B. Hunt and its customers.  Unless indicated otherwise, these restrictions are expected to limit J.B. Hunt’s ability to pick up shipments through at least Friday, March 12.  

All Standard traffic will be impacted in these lanes including rubber tire crosstowns and excluding steel wheel interchanges:

  • BNSF Stockton, CA to all destinations – Ingate restrictions will be lifted Monday, March 8, at 11:59 p.m.
  • BNSF Los Angeles, CA (Hobart and Commerce) to all destinations – Ingate restrictions
  • BNSF Northwest Ohio to all destinations – Ingate restrictions
  • NS Chicago/Calumet, IL to all destinations – Ingate restrictions
  • NS Jacksonville, FL to all destinations – Ingate closure
  • NS Chicago/Landers, IL; Kansas City, MO; and St. Louis, MO to all destinations – Ingate closure
  • CSX North Bergen, NJ to Indianapolis, IN to all destinations – Ingate closure

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 highway routing options. 

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.