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Rail Gate Restrictions Disrupt Intermodal Service

Train carrying intermodal freight

The rail network continues to recover from recent service interruptions and ongoing car imbalances.  As a result of progress in Southern California, BNSF has eased gate restrictions at its Los Angeles Hobart and Commerce ramps allowing normal ingate volume.  NS has also made progress on the backlog of traffic in and out of Chicago.  Effective Tuesday, March 30, at 11:59 p.m., NS will lift all gate restrictions to and from Chicago 63rd Street.  In addition, NS has further eased restrictions out of Chicago 47th Street.  Below is a summary of all rail gate restrictions currently impacting J.B. Hunt and its customers.  Unless otherwise noted, these restrictions are expected to limit J.B. Hunt’s ability to pick up shipments through at least Friday, April 2.  

All Standard traffic will be impacted in these lanes:

  • NS Chicago 47th Street, IL to all destinations – Ingates restricted
  • All NS origin points to Chicago 47th Street, IL – Ingates restricted 
  • NS Chicago 63rd Street, IL to all destinations – Ingate restrictions will expire March 30 at 11:59 p.m. 
  • All NS origin points to Chicago 63rd Street, IL – Ingate restrictions will expire March 30 at 11:59 p.m.

Considering the ongoing rail velocity slowdown, equipment imbalances, and gate restrictions, J.B. Hunt expects container availability will remain extremely constrained throughout the country for the next two weeks.  Customers can help improve container availability by accepting deliveries within 24 hours of deramp and unloading dropped containers within 24 hours of arrival.  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 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.