The Transcontinental Railroad opened in May 1869 and forever changed the landscape of America. Travel from coast to coast went from a six month journey to a mere one week trip. The railroad system provided the best method to transports raw material, finished products, livestock, produce, as well as people. And once again, we are finding that in specific areas, the U.S. railroad system is stepping up to impact the movement of freight again.
In Kentucky, the R.J. Corman Railroad Group is making a huge logistical impact. In addition to being perfectly located for quick distribution to a large portion of the US population, they also have more than 60 locations in 24 states. Rail service is only one facet of the intermodal infrastructure in Kentucky, however it has increased jobs, provided a lifeline for farmers, and is an economic boom for the state.
Traffic congestion and clogged port entry is becoming a thing of the past in southern Florida due to the Florida East Coast Railway. With increased train frequency, a new tunnel into the Port of Miami, and the ability to convert over-the-road truck service to intermodal, rail service is an excellent choice to decrease fuel costs, control transit times, and eliminate backhauls.
On the west coast, the volume of freight that moves through the ports of Los Angeles create opportunities for intermodal improvement. The Watson Land Company is leading the way by developing the land close to the port to provide a location for companies to process shipping container into smaller shipments and have easy access to rail service and highways. This has provided more efficient distribution, as well as, time and cost savings.
Another exciting innovation that may soon start popping up in the heartland are rail-to-truck hubs to provide easy transfer of freight between the Kansas City Southern Railway and major US interstate highways. It is ideas like these and many others that will keep the American railway system chugging into the future. It is time to get onboard.