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J.B. Hunt Plans Intermodal Expansion with BNSF

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell said it was joining with BNSF Railway Co. to expand its intermodal fleet and capacity.

J.B. Hunt said it wants to add as many as 150,000 additional intermodal containers to its fleet in the next three to five years. It said that would represent a 40% increase from the number of containers it had at the end of 2021.

J.B. Hunt said it has delivered more than 4 million intermodal loads since 2020. J.B. Hunt said it believes it could convert as many as 11 million shipments to intermodal, which has a smaller carbon footprint than other forms of transportation.

“Over the past few years, intermodal has been disrupted by increased demand and tight capacity, resulting in poor container velocity and long dwell times,” J.B. Hunt CEO John Roberts said. “Together, J.B. Hunt and BNSF will enhance their work to bring back the consistency and reliability customers expect with intermodal services and further embrace intermodal conversion and transloading services.”

For its part, BNSF will increase its capacity at several intermodal facilities and increase efficiency at terminals near important intermodal hubs. The railway company will also upgrade its railcar equipment to handle the increase in use.

“BNSF’s industry-leading service combined with J.B. Hunt’s unparalleled intermodal product has set the standard for seamless door-to-door service,” BNSF CEO Katie Farmer said. “We will raise the bar on service to the next level through technology and innovation as we further integrate our platforms with real-time data exchanges. We want our customers to enjoy the best of both worlds: economical and environmentally friendly service delivered by transportation’s premium providers.”

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