The Friday Report Blog: June 9th, 2023

Quick wrap up of a few hot topic newsworthy stories in the supply chain logistics industry

Union Pacific and BNSF Launch Intermodal Services

Two of the nation’s largest rail carriers, Union Pacific and BNSF, have expanded intermodal services at Port Houston that will help move products to major markets faster.

Union Pacific began their service offering on June 1st. The company’s service enables intermodal containers to be offloaded from ships at Port Houston directly onto railcars. Products can then be transported to one of five cities: Denver, Colorado, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oakland and Los Angeles California, and El Paso, Texas. The company stated that its new service will remove the need for containers to be transported 30 miles to the nearest rail facility.

BNSF launched its service on June 2nd connecting its intermodal hubs to Denver and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. The service to Dallas-Fort Worth will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while its Denver connection will operate on Fridays. A spokesperson for the rail carrier has stated that BNSF plans to add more days of operation once the demand for the service grows.

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Veho Expands to 11 New Markets

Next-day delivery provider Veho has announced the expansion of their service to 11 new markets in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The expansion brings Veho’s network to 42 markets across the nation covering over 100 million people. Veho serves a variety of businesses, from retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom to meal kit companies such as HelloFresh.

Over the last year, Veho has increased its volume by 48%. To make sure it can maintain its on-time delivery performance during its Northeast expansion, Veho will utilize crowdsourced gig drivers that pick up packages and products from businesses and deliver them to customers.

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White House OK’s Funds for 63 Rail Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced a $570 million award to the Railroad Crossing (RCE) Grant Program. The funds will be used for 63 rail infrastructure projects that will reduce train-vehicle collisions and unblock rail crossings in 32 states.

The FRA also awarded $15.7 million to the RCE for planning activities as well as an additional $33.1 million for future project development and design actions.

According to the Department of Transportation, the RCE program will receive additional funding over the next four years for projects focused on improving rail safety, strengthening supply chains, and expanding passenger rail networks.

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