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Rail Gate Restrictions Disrupt Intermodal Service

The rail network continues to work through ongoing ramp congestion, labor challenges and equipment imbalances. With progress in the Pacific Northwest, BNSF has lifted all gate restrictions to Portland, OR, as well as all gate restrictions from Seattle, WA. To restore equipment balance, CSX has lifted gate restrictions from Chicago/Bedford Park, IL, to all destinations and closed the gates at all origin points to Chicago/Bedford Park, IL. With continued ramp congestion in Florida, NS has closed the gates at all origin points to Jacksonville, FL. Finally, due to ramp congestion in Chicago, NS has implemented new gate restrictions from Chicago/Calumet, IL, to Austell, GA, and Charlotte, NC. Below is a summary of current rail gate closures and restrictions impacting J.B. Hunt and its customers. 

Current gate closures:

  • All CSX origin points to Chicago/Bedford Park, IL
  • All NS origin points to Jacksonville, FL

Current gate restrictions:

  • NS Chicago/Calumet, IL, to Atlanta/Austell, GA
  • NS Chicago/Calumet, IL, to Charlotte, NC
  • NS Chicago/47th Street, IL, to Ayer, MA

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.