American Shipper | Special Coverage: Intermodal industry to pick up speed in 2017

12.06.16 | Chris Dupin, American Shipper

​Growth in rail intermodal traffic pretty much “ground to a halt” in 2016, says Larry Gross, a partner and senior consultant at FTR, a freight transportation research company.

Addressing the annual meeting of the Intermodal Association of America (IANA) in September, Gross said intermodal’s advantage over trucking as measured by an FTR index that takes into account many different factors - loads, rates, speeds, truck utilization, fuel price, and expectations - was minor, but that 2017 probably will look better for the intermodal industry, with both rates and volumes rising steadily.

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