YRC Freight and BNSF strengthen intermodal commerce
OVERLAND Park, Kansas-headquartered trucking company YRC Freight announced that by the end of this year YRC and BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) will have a fleet of more than 600 branded intermodal containers
OVERLAND Park, Kansas-headquartered trucking company YRC Freight announced that by the end of this year YRC and BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) will have a fleet of more than 600 branded intermodal containers.
The national less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier said the new containers are part of the company's commitment to acquire 1,000 branded intermodal containers by the end of 2020. Most of the containers will travel between Chicago and Southern California on BNSF's network.
'At YRC Freight, our intermodal commerce with BNSF is evolving. We are reinforcing our commitment to YRC Freight-branded containerised units for the present and the future. As intermodal usage continues to shift to containerised transport, YRC Freight will already be there,' confirms YRC Worldwide COO and YRC Freight president T J O'Connor.
Operationally efficient, YRC Freight branded containerised units can travel intermodal as well as via semi-trailer tractor.
Intermodal operations between truck and rail are a valuable emissions reduction strategy in the central and western United States to move trailers/containers over long distances.
'YRC Freight deploys a number of strategies to reduce its carbon footprint including its work with BNSF, use of longer combination vehicles, onboarding of new tractors with advanced emission reduction technologies and integration of industry-leading routing and load optimisation software. Recently, YRC Freight renewed its annual certification with the award-winning EPA SmartWay voluntary emissions programme,' the company said.
'Operationally, all intermodal companies are looking at how to improve efficiency,' said YRC Freight senior vice president, operations, Maynard Skarka. 'Currently, we use smaller trailers called 'pups' to transport freight for our customers. This new shift to our branded containerised units will allow us to stay aligned with intermodal companies as we both look for operational efficiencies.'
BNSF remains focused on working with its customers to develop the best supply chain solutions for the movement of containers and trailers across its rail network. Its collaboration with YRC is a great example of how it is doing that, reports AJOT.