Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, CSX Transportation, and Norfolk Southern had 14,061 containers stored in the Chicago area during July, a 231 per cent increase from a year earlier.
STB chairman Martin Oberman asked each of the seven Class Is to provide information pertaining to the volumes railways are seeing in the current market.
Union Pacific declared its Global IV Chicago yard is dealing with a 208 per cent increase in stored containers. Canadian Pacific said its two Chicago-area ramps were up 308 per cent year on year.
BNSF is dealing with the largest increase, storing 7,816 containers at its Logistics Park facility in Chicago during July, a 357 per cent increase.
'BNSF strives to ensure that our storage rules are reasonable and designed to incentivise behavior needed to support rail terminal fluidity. Our strong preference would be to receive no storage revenue at all because our customers are efficiently removing units from our facilities,?? said BNSF.
'It is important to note that while freight congestion caused by container dwell and longer-than-normal street turn-times are 'back end' challenges that may be difficult for a shipper to manage, these are driven by front-end decisions including continued ordering of freight shipments without the resources to move the container beyond the rail terminal,' said BNSF.