Will Intermodal Transit Replace the Trucking Industry?


America relies on its trucking industry to get goods from coast to coast and everywhere in between. In fact, 75 percent of the American freight industry is reliant on trucks. But what if it did not have to be that way? What if there was an alternative to transporting goods; a greener mode of transit that makes the transportation of goods more reliable, despite weather conditions?

This transit exists and it is called intermodal transportation–the use of a diverse network of transit like rail, sea, and over-the-road trucking to move goods throughout the country efficiently.

Today we are joined by the team at Radiant Clipper, a branch of Radiant Global Logistics, to talk about its intermodal transit solutions and how it can upset the shipping industry in all the right ways.

Jim Boyer, Vice President of Sales, and Christopher Brach, Vice President of Operations, dive deep into how intermodal transit competes with trucking in terms of efficiency, environmental benefits, and innovation.

Shipping is an industry that has lacked innovation and change for decades. Boyer explains that with the help of Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR), the industry can adapt and improve its efficiency. PSR is an operating method for rail which harnesses three major elements to maximize efficiency: run longer trains, run them faster with fewer crews, and run them within a simpler network.

Boyer and Brach also explain how train velocities have increased, and that rail companies are pumping up to $4 billion dollars into improving rail routes–making rail a huge contender to upset the trucking industry.

The trucking industry, with an aging workforce and lack of incoming talent, will find itself in jeopardy in the coming years as it scrambles to meet demands. This, Boyer and Brach emphasize, is where intermodal shipping will truly change the industry.

Boyer and Brach encourage companies to invest in alternative modes of transit before trucking is struck by weather and workforce shortages. Radiant Clipper works one-on-one with clients to access what cocktail of shipping methods is best to meet their needs. With inside partnerships with CSX, Radiant Clipper is the leading source for to work with America’s rail network.

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