Rail Gate Restrictions Disrupt Intermodal Service
The rail network continues to work through ongoing ramp congestion, labor challenges, and car imbalances. With progress in Florida, NS has lifted all gate restrictions to its Jacksonville, FL ramp effective immediately. Unfortunately, BNSF has taken a step back at its Los Angeles/Hobart, CA and Chicago/Corwith, IL ramps. As a result, BNSF has implemented significant gate restrictions from these two ramps to all destinations effective immediately. Below is a summary of current rail gate restrictions impacting J.B. Hunt and its customers. These restrictions are expected to limit J.B. Hunt’s ability to pick up shipments through at least Tuesday, May 11.
All Standard traffic will be impacted in these lanes:
- BNSF Los Angles/Hobart, CA to all destinations
- BNSF Chicago/Corwith, IL to all destinations
Considering the ongoing rail velocity slowdown and equipment imbalances, 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.