Rail Gate Restrictions Disrupt Intermodal Service
The intermodal network continues to work through ongoing ramp congestion, labor challenges and equipment imbalances. With progress in New York and Massachusetts, NS has lifted all gate restrictions to its Mechanicville, NY and Ayer, MA ramps. However, effective immediately, NS has implemented new gate restrictions from its Chicago/63rd Steet, IL ramp to Toledo, OH and Buffalo, NY. As a reminder, J.B. Hunt is temporarily suspending the pickup and ingate of all shipments originating at NS terminals destined to NS’s Croxton, NJ ramp. This action is necessary to allow customers to catch up on unloading and restore equipment balance in New Jersey following Hurricane Ida. J.B. Hunt expects to resume normal pickup operations to Croxton, NJ beginning Monday, October 11. Below is a summary of current rail gate restrictions impacting J.B. Hunt customers.
Current gate restrictions — Standard traffic will be impacted in these lanes:
- NS Chicago/63rd Street, IL to Toledo, OH
- NS Chicago/63rd Street, IL to Buffalo, NY
- All NS origin points to Croxton, NJ
Customers can help improve network fluidity 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.