Going intermodal: technology helps fleets ride the rails

J.B. Hunt struck gold in the early 1990s as one of the first motor carriers with an intermodal rail service network. It now boasts the largest fleet of 53-foot containers in North America and one of the largest private drayage fleets across a nationwide network of rail partners.

J.B. Hunt IntermodalCCJ has recognized a number of fleets for expanding on the possibilities of rail. Some recent innovations involve the use of stackable intermodal containers to transport refrigerated, flatbed, liquid bulk chemicals and other specialized loads.

Fleets that are not actively engaged with shippers to convert loads of 700 or more miles to intermodal are losing business. Meanwhile, others are gaining ground by using intermodal to add capacity for customers while reducing their costs and emissions.

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