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Rail Gate Restrictions Disrupt Intermodal Service

Train carrying intermodal freight

The rail network continues to work through ongoing ramp congestion, labor challenges, and car imbalances. As a result of progress in Chicago and Los Angeles, BNSF has lifted or eased all gate restrictions allowing normal ingate volumes. Unfortunately, NS gate restrictions remain in place for shipments from Chicago and Kansas City to Atlanta. 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, June 1. 

All Standard traffic will be impacted in these lanes:

  • NS Chicago/Calumet, IL and Kansas City, MO to Atlanta/Austell, GA

Considering the ongoing rail velocity slowdown and customer unloading challenges, J.B. Hunt expects container availability will remain extremely constrained throughout the country. 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.