May 25, 2017
Dear Shippers, Rail-Bridge's fuel surcharge for June will be 17%. All rates will roll over, including Dallas to Long Beach 40' Rate. Reduced rates when picking up empties from Evansville CY, Walts Drive-A-Way, and returning the loads to St. Louis. Reduced rates when picking up empties from Indianapolis CY, Central States and returning the loads to Chicago G4.
May 16, 2017
Dear Shippers, Effective today, 5/16/17, Rail-Bridge is reducing our 40‑ft Dallas to Long Beach (ICTF) rate! The new rate will be effective through June 30, 2017. If the trial period is successful, we will work to extend the rate further. As with all of our other loads headed to Long Beach, empty containers can be returned to ULS. In Dallas, mounted empty containers are sourced from Winners Container Services and loads headed to ICTF move out of UP's DIT terminal.
May 12, 2017
Dear Shippers, Rail-Bridge has a surplus of mounted 40-ft containers at our Indianapolis CY, Central States. In order to get the CY cleaned out, Rail-Bridge is temporarily reducing rates on the containers pulled from Central States and returned loaded to G4. These lower rates will remain in effect through the end of the month. Please include the RSCQ number on your shipping instructions to obtain the lower rate. Thanks for your support!
May 10, 2017
Effective Monday May 15th, all 40-ft standard and 40-ft high cube domestic loads picked up at UP Brooklyn should be returned empty to Brooklyn UP. All of the units must be pre-billed using the K Line pre billing application (https://ecommerce.kline.com/PreBilling/). The empty booking number is EPDX1660.
20-ft and 45-ft empty returns will continue to go back to NWC. Thanks as always for your help!
Dear Shippers, Thank you for all of your help the past several weeks in routing empty 40 HCs to UP Brooklyn. Beginning Monday, 3/27, please return all equipment sizes back to our CY, NWC. No empty equipment will be accepted at UP Brooklyn.
For domestic shipments picked up at UP Brooklyn, please have your draymen continue to
return empty 40-ft high cube "K" Line containers back to Brooklyn UP. Instead
of just doing this Monday through Thursday as outlined below, "K" Line is
requesting that all 40-ft high cubes will return to UP Brooklyn every day, until notified
otherwise. All of the units must be pre-billed using the K Line pre billing application
(https://ecommerce.kline.com/PreBilling/ ). This week's empty booking number is EPDX1655.
We will send out a new booking number for next week’s 40-ft high cube empty returns.
As before, 40-ft standard and 45-ft containers will continue to go back to NWC.
February 24, 2017
December 30, 2016
September 23, 2016
September 16, 2016
Effective 9/19, UP is discontinuing service from ICTF to Oakland which will impact service out of Englewood and DIT, TX as well as from Santa Teresa Ramp, NM. As a result, RBC will pull our rates from Dallas and Houston to Oakland. We are continuing to evaluate the lane and if we can add the rates back in at a later time, we will do so. But starting on Monday, we cannot accept loads from Dallas or Houston to Oakland.
August 17, 2016
A wildfire is occurring near San Bernardino, CA and is impacting rail operations in the area. Select here for more information
The monthly rail fuel surcharge will remain at 15.5% for August. RBC is rolling over all of the current charges, except from St. Louis to LA and Oakland where RBC is reducing the 40-ft and 45-ft charges. RBC has lots of containers in St. Louis and we hope that you can take advantage of these new rates! The new St. Louis rates are effective tomorrow, 7/28/16 and will run through 8/31/16 along with the rest of the rates.
July 26, 2016
Please note that on July 28, Harry Bridges Birthday, Trapac in Oakland will be closed and will not accept empty returns. Please plan to either return empty containers before or after July 28. ULS in Long Beach, NWC in Portland and Savannah Yard in Seattle will all remain open on the 28th and will accept domestic empty returns.
May 20, 2016
April 27, 2016
All RBC rates will roll over for May with the exception of the 2 special rates from Indianapolis which will expire at the end of April. Contact Rail-Bridge if you are interested in the Indianapolis rates.
April 27, 2016
March 14, 2016
Norfolk Southern has a planned system outage from 12:00 – 1:30 EDT or 11:00 – 12:30 CDT tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. During this time frame they will not be able to accept any rail billing. To ensure you do not get rejected at the gate, please send billing to CTC prior to 10:00am Central time.
February 25, 2016
RBC fuel for March will be 9.5%. RBC rates will roll over and we
have added some new 40-ft rates in the lanes listed below.
Dallas & San Antonio to Vancouver, Calgary & Edmonton: The route will be UP-Chicago-CP. The rates are highlighted in green on the spreadsheet.
New Eastbound Lanes: RBC is particularly interested in loads moving to Norfolk, Savannah and Charleston. If you find an opportunity not covered here, please contact Abby Eckert!
February 25 3pm
ULS in Long Beach is back open and can accept domestic empty returns.
February 25, 2016
RBC's two CYs in Long Beach, ULS and OnLine, are temporarily full and cannot accept domestic empty returns. Please return all empty container to the Ports. RBC will compensate IMCs $100 for each container that is returned to the port. To collect the payment, please follow this procedure:
Long Beach Port Return Payment Procedure:
Email the Chicago Transportation Center with the container number and date the container was returned to the port. CTC will respond with a PO number, which you must include on your invoice that should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do NOT deduct $100 from the RBC invoice.
January 14, 2016
Rail-Bridge is looking for on-going business to move approximately 25 loads per week in 40-ft non-running (reefer as dry) containers. The freight must be clean and not damage or contaminate K Line's reefers. The route would be UP from ICTF to Oakland. The empty reefers would be sourced off-dock in Long Beach, and once empty in Oakland, would be returned off-dock to our CY. Please contact Abby Eckert if you have any interest in this new, long term lane.
December 29, 2015
"K" Line has a surplus of 40-ft Standards and a slight
shortage of 40-ft high cubes in Portland. If possible, please use 40-ft high cubes instead of 40-ft standards for your loads to Portland.
November 13, 2015
Effective 11/18/15, RBC will stop offering rates/service from Long Beach to Portland or Seattle.
November 13, 2015
Effective immediately RBC will start taking 40-ft high cube bookings from Atlanta to Portland. No other size is currently allowed in that lane. From other origins, if you can load a 40-ft high cube instead of a 40-ft standard to Portland, we would greatly appreciate it!.
October 28, 2015
For domestic shipments to Oakland, please have your truckers return the empty containers and chassis in Oakland back to PAOH instead of OIC.
October 15, 2015
For domestic shipments to Oakland, please have your draymen return the empty containers to OIC instead of PAOH until October 27. The chassis should be returned to UP. "K" Line will compensate the draymen for the chassis return to UP. Thank you very much for your assistance. Please select here for OIC information.
September 28, 2015
Rates will Rollover for October and Fuel Rates drop to 16.5%. The Sale from G2 and G4 is going strong and will continue through at least this week. Our Eastbound Domestic Program is continuing to grow. Please select here for more information on these items.
September 17, 2015
RBC has a great supply of 40-ft and 45-ft containers in Chicago and we need more business! For a trial two week period, starting Monday, September 21st and running through Sunday October 4th, RBC will reduce 40-ft and 45-ft rates from Global 2 and Global 4 to Long Beach and Oakland by $125. Please send us your loads!!!
September 1, 2015
Conditions at Portland continue to improve for "K" Line allowing RBC to expand our domestic program to Portland. As a result, RBC is again reducing rates to Portland effective today 9/1. As the strain on Seattle is easing, RBC is also able to re-open the lane from Long Beach to Seattle for 40-ft and 45-ft containers.
August 25, 2015
Westbound Domestic: As congestion in Portland is continuing to improve, RBC is able to increase our 40-ft domestic volume moving to Portland. As a result, we are reducing the Portland 40-ft rates effective today, August 25. Please continue to check with local RBC (email@example.com for all locations except Chicago, and firstname.lastname@example.org for Chicago origins) to ensure that we can accept the Portland booking. RBC is rolling over nearly all of the rates with the exception of a couple of rates.
Eastbound Domestic: RBC is still looking to develop a bigger, consistent eastbound market. We want your freight!!! Please contact me with any opportunities. We reduced the Chicago to Croxton 40-ft rate.
July 28, 2015
RBC is rolling over rates for the month of August with the exception of Portland. Select here for more information.
July 28, 2015
Seattle: Seattle remains tight on chassis due to the large inbound domestic volume. There are currently over 300 loads on chassis in the terminal or on the street. Please pick up, unload and return these as soon as possible to make chassis for the containers that are currently grounded.
If you use your own chassis, please note that you must return the container to T46 in Seattle, OCT in Tacoma or Husky in Tacoma as Savannah CY does not have lift capabilities.
July 27, 2015
Seattle: UP’s Seattle terminal is very congested with domestic loads that arrived over the weekend. As a result of the high inbound volume, UP is unable to bring all of the loads into the terminal and is holding some out on cars. We are also running into some chassis shortages due to the large domestic volumes. Please pick up your loads, unload and return the empty equipment as quickly as possible to Savannah Yard help improve the turn time on the equipment, free up terminal capacity and reduce chassis shortages. Savannah Yard will be open tomorrow (it is Harry Bridges birthday and a number of facilities are closed) so please return as much empty equipment today and tomorrow as possible.
July 13, 2015
Oakland: The Port of Oakland remains fairly congested. Please return empty containers to SSA and bare chassis to UP. RBC will reimburse for the chassis split. Select here for more info.
Seattle: Please continue to pick up your loads, empty the containers and return them to Savannah yard. Select here for more info.
July 7, 2015 - For today and tomorrow, please return empty containers to SSA in Oakland and the chassis back to UP. RBC will reimburse $70 for the chassis split. Please send in-gate receipts to email@example.com for reimbursement. The release for the chassis out of SSA is KAM2015. After tomorrow, please return the empty container and chassis back to PAOH.
July 1, 2015 - Domestic volume to Seattle has exploded due to the embargo on loads to Portland. This huge increase in traffic is causing operational problems for RBC. To minimize chassis shortages and delays, please unload and return empty containers to Savannah Yard as quickly as possible.
June 22, 2015 - Reminder:Procedure for $100 for Reimbursement for Port Return in Long Beach, CA: RBC will reimburse IMCs $100 including fuel for empty containers brought back to the Ports in LA/Long Beach. Email CTC with the container number, date and location where the empty container was returned. CTC will respond with a work order including a Dispatch Order number to include on your invoice for $100 that should be emailed to Invoice_due@us.kline.com.
June 5, 2015 - Please return all empty containers in Oakland to PAOH. PAOH is now accepting all container sizes.
May 27, 2015 - RBC's fuel for June will be 21.5%. Our rates will be extended through June 14th. Some rates will be taking increases beginning June 15th. RBC will distribute the new rates as soon as possible, but no later than June 8th.
May 22, 2015 - Effective immediately, empty 40-ft high cube containers in Oakland should be returned to SSA/OIC and not PAOH. All other sizes may be returned to PAOH. Select here for additional information.
May 5, 2015 - "K" Line needs more equipment on the east coast and they have been consistently positioning containers into Norfolk, Charleston and Savannah. To assist with this effort, RBC is exploring new eastbound markets. Select here for more information.
May 4, 2015 - Empty containers and chassis in Oakland should now be returned to POAH, instead of OIC/SSA.
April 28, 2015 - RBC's rates will roll over for May except for Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. While we will temporarily roll over those 3 locations, RBC anticipates that we will have to raise these rates shortly. We will give IMCs 7 days' notice of that increase.
April 22, 2015 - Please drop off both the empty container and chassis at OIC/SSA in Oakland. There is no need for a split return. Sorry for any confusion! Select here for more information.
April 21, 2015 - RBC is opening up an eastbound market, Chicago to Croxton, for the next several weeks. This market will likely be an on again, off again proposition. Select here for more information.
April 10, 2015 - Unfortunately despite "K" Line's best efforts to keep Portland open for domestic moves, conditions have continued to deteriorate. Severe congestion and resultant chassis shortages plague the area. RBC must close Portland to new bookings effective immediately. We will re-open Portland as soon as we are able. If you already have a booking to Portland, we will honor it. If anyone wants to discuss moving loads via Seattle, please let me know.
30 MAR 2015 - "K" Line is extremely surplus on 40-ft standards in Portland. To ensure RBC doesn't exacerbate the surplus, RBC will stop accepting domestic 40-ft standard loads to Portland. RBC will continue to accept 40-ft high cube loads to Portland. 20-ft and 45-ft moves to Portland continue to be banned. To summarize:
Domestic Loads to Portland 20-Foot NO 40-Foot Standard NO 40-Foot High Cube YES 45-Foot NO
19 MAR 2015 - This week’s schedule for Northwest Container Services in Portland is closing at 2pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and closing at 3pm on Tuesday and Thursday. ( U.S. West Coast Severe Port Congestion Updates)
18 MAR 2015 - Ports of America is now open for domestic empty returns in Oakland. Please return the empty container and chassis to PAOH ( U.S. West Coast Severe Port Congestion Updates)
13 MAR 2015 - The parking congestion at the Norfolk Southern Ayer Intermodal Facility has been alleviated. Effective immediately, the ingate at Ayer is open for loaded and empty equipment.
11 MAR 2015 - Please note that all operations have stopped at SSA in Oakland today due to a ILWU labor disruption. As a result, empty containers cannot be returned to SSA. Please hold to your empty containers. We will send out an update tomorrow. ( U.S. West Coast Severe Port Congestion Updates)
10 MAR 2015 - Effective immediately RBC will begin to accept new domestic bookings to Oakland. Please note that PAOH (Ports of America) in Oakland will accept empty returns beginning on March 18th. Please have your trucker indicate that these empty containers are destined for the vessel "Bear Mountain Bridge" so they are placed in the correct area of the yard. ( U.S. West Coast Severe Port Congestion Updates)
25 FEB 2015 - Domestic to Long Beach is now open without restrictions. SSA is currently accepting domestic empty returns. PAOH, however, is still shut down for RBC domestic empty returns. Domestic bookings to the PNW remain open and unrestricted with the exception of no 20s and 45s to Portland. See U.S. West Coast Severe Port Congestion Updates
23 FEB 2015 - Effective immediately, RBC is lifting restrictions on domestic volume to Seattle. See U.S. West Coast Severe Port Congestion Updates
23 FEB 2015 - See U.S. West Coast Severe Port Congestion Updates for updates on conditions in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver.
23 DEC 2014 - RBC's rates will roll over for the month of January.
9 DEC 2014 - RBC is having problems billing hazardous materials shipments on CSX. Until these issues are resolved, please do not book/bill any hazmat loads with RBC out of Marysville OH.
4 DEC 2014 - Dear Shippers, "K" Line is surplus on 45-ft containers in Portland. RBC will not take any new 45-ft bookings moving to Portland until the surplus is depleted. 20-Ft and 40-ft moves are fine.
22 NOV 2014 - ULS and OnLine remain closed to inbound domestic empty returns due to severe congestion. Please return empty containers to ITS or PCT. RBC will compensate IMCs $100 including fuel for any domestic empty returns brought to ITS or PCT. Please select here to contact our Chicago Transportation Center (CTC) via email with the container number and return date.
21 NOV 2014 - Due to a casualty, Port of Oakland was closed Thursday, November 20 but is back open today and is receiving domestic empty returns.
31 OCT 2014 - Ports of America, Oakland CA has re-opened.
1 OCT 2014 - Beginning October 1, 2014 RBC reduced the 40-ft rate from Detroit to Long Beach. In addition, we are eliminating the rates from Birmingham AL to Long Beach. We are sorry that we are no longer able to provide rates for this lane.
29 SEP 2014 - Please notify your draymen that Online is closed for receiving empty containers in Long Beach as they are currently at capacity. Please direct domestic empty termination to ULS' yard or to ITS. Once OnLine is open again an update will be sent out.
28 AUG 2014 - RBC's rates will roll over for the month of September except for a few cases in Texas, where rates must be raised due to our underlying cost structure. To give IMCs a week's notice, these increases will not take place until September 8.
26 AUG 2014 - RBC has Joined a New Chassis Pool in Detroit and Cincinnati. Select here for more information.
30 JUN 2014 - All July rates will be rolled over, however, we are looking at our Texas rates and we will likely be announcing some increases from Dallas, Houston and perhaps San Antonio rates in the next day or so. We will give 7 days' notice. In addition, we are rolling over the temporary rate reductions from Memphis to Long Beach and Oakland as well as the 45-ft rate equalization from Memphis.
19 JUN 2014 - Effective June 18 Canadian Pacific will Collect Railroad Storage Charges Directly from the IMCs. Select here for more information.
11 JUN 2014 - RBC has a large surplus of 40-ft containers in Memphis. Effective today, we will reduce the 40-ft rate from Memphis to Oakland. These reductions will remain in effect through 6/30/14. In addition, as we currently have a surplus of 45-ft containers in Memphis, RBC will equalize all 45-ft rates with the 40-ft rates through June 30th.
27 MAY 2014 - Memphis to Long Beach: RBC is temporarily reducing the Memphis to Long Beach rates. These reductions will remain in effect through 6/30/14.
27 MAY 2014 - Marysville, OH: RBC is initiating a new service from Marysville, OH to the west coast and Canada effective immediately. The routes are CSXT-Chicago-UP to the US west coast and CSXT-Chicago-CP for Canadian loads. Select here for more information.
17 APR 2014 - As chassis have gotten tight in the Ohio valley, in order to keep our equipment moving more freely and to try and avoid empty repositioning, RBC has temporarily reduced domestic bookings to Day +1 in the Ohio valley. This includes bookings from Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, Georgetown and Pittsburgh. Please pay attention to the shorter expiration dates.
16 APR 2014 - "K" Line's surplus of boxes in LA and Oakland is slowly diminishing. As a result, RBC will be able to be a bit more flexible on shipments to Long Beach and Oakland, especially out of surplus areas. If you have any questions, please contact your local RBC contact. RBC has a huge surplus of boxes in Cincinnati (40-ft standards), so if you have any bookings, we would appreciate it!
11 APR 2014 - Over the next few weeks, RBC will severely limit domestic shipments to Long Beach and Oakland. "K" Line is extremely surplus in these areas and must take steps to reduce the glut of containers in the PSW. As part of that process, RBC will limit domestic shipments headed to LA and Oakland. We welcome your shipments to Canada, Seattle and Portland. In addition to reducing the inbound volume to LA and Oakland, RBC is hoping to increase domestic shipments out of LA to the PNW. Effective today, RBC is reducing the 40-ft and 45-ft rate from Long Beach (ICTF) to Seattle. This reduced rate will be in effect through Friday May 9th.
27 MAR 2014 - Please note that as conditions have improved in Vancouver, RBC will no longer waive per diem on RBC shipments effective today, March 27. From now on, please return containers as in the Vancouver Hub Location.
27 MAR 2014 - Please be advised that UP will open a new El Paso (in Santa Teresa, NM) intermodal terminal on April 1, 2014. This new terminal will replace UP's current intermodal terminal in El Paso, TX. International traffic will transition to the new UP ramp according indicated timeline shown in the El Paso Hub Location. Please note that there are no changes to inland cutoffs or availabilities expected at this time, however UP is still finalizing schedules. Select here for the El Paso Hub Location and more information.
17 March 2014 - The current trucker strike around the Port of Vancouver is interrupting the flow of containers. During this work interruption, IMCs may return empty containers to either of our CYs in Vancouver:
2775 Commissioner Street
VANCOUVER, BC V5K 1A1
16080 Portside Rd
Richmond,BC V6W 1M1
Effective today, and continuing during this work interruption, RBC will waive any RBC per diem on containers that truckers are unable to return empty to Columbia or Coast. RBC will not pay for any additional drayage or storage either at the railroad or at trucker yards.
10 March 2014 - Effective March 31st, UP will be changing their service in the I-5 corridor, moving the origin ramp from LATC to ICTF. As part of this change UP's service frequency will be changing from 3x per week (cutoffs M-W-F) to 2x per week (cutoffs Tue & Fri). Select here for the full schedules for your guidance.
The last International cut-off at LATC will be Sunday, March 30th at 2359. This traffic will move on the ZLCBRB 31 on Monday, March 31st. After this date, all International traffic will need to in-gate at ICTF.
The new hours of operation at the ICTF, CA terminal are as follows:
Sunday – 0800 to 1600
Monday – 0600 to 2400
Tuesday – Saturday – 24 hours
11 November 2013 - Note: Effective Monday November 18, there will be a change to the domestic return location in Seattle. Currently all domestic loads picked up at the UP Seattle ramp are returned to Conglobal. Beginning November 18th all domestic empty returns will go to Savanah Logistics yard, adjacent to Conglobal. Access Savanah Logistics CY Yard by taking Idaho Street. Go all the way to the end and take a right. The yard will be at the end of the street behind the T106 building.
Savanah Yard T106
(Behind the T106 Building)
22 S. Nevada st.
Seattle WA 98134
16 September 2013 - Street Turn Opportunities as of September 16, 2013. Select here for more information.
5 August 2013 - Effective September 16, 2013 RBC will stop providing free chassis for Rail Bridge Domestic moves at Chicago, Rochelle, Joliet, Bensenville, Northlake IL, Milwaukee WI, Indianapolis IN, Detroit, Battle Creek MI, and the surrounding areas. Select here for more information.
9 July 2013 - Canadian customs has been very particular regarding commodity descriptions and CP, in an effort to avoid shipments from being set off for customs inspections, is working to provide better and more detailed commodity descriptions. Please assist us by providing very detailed commodity descriptions on all moves routed to Canada. For example, a shipment listed as pet food is too general a description. Pet food could be anything from kibble to wet food to horse hay etc. Please use as specific a commodity description as possible.
May 31, 2013 - July 1st L.A.-Long Beach California Chassis Change.
May 24, 2013 - Canadian Pacific (CP) Storage Charges.
March 21, 2013 - Memphis Gate Change.
January 4, 2013 - New procedure and billing for "K" Line Chassis begins January 7 in many locations. Additional locations will be added beginning February 1, 2013. Select here for more information.
December 6, 2012 - Embargo on Domestic Traffic is Now Lifted. RBC is lifting the embargo on domestic loads from NS origins to Long Beach/LA effective immediately. As the railroads work to clear the backlog of shipments, please anticipate that there will still be delays in loads moving to southern California.
December 4, 2012 - Embargo on Domestic traffic from NS origins moving to Long Beach Immediately. Due to the ongoing issues with serving the Long Beach area, RBC is embargoing domestic traffic from NS origins moving to Long Beach effective immediately. If you have already loaded a container to Long Beach from an NS origin, please work with our Chicago office, Select here to email the Chicago Group, or 630-599-2381, and we will work it through the NS. Please do not load any additional units to Long Beach from NS points.
December 3, 2012 - Ongoing strike actions initiated by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and OCU (Local 63 Office Clerical Unit) are impacting the majority of the ports in LA/Long Beach. As a result, UP has embargoed international traffic destined to ICTF and most piers. The embargo does not impact domestic freight routed to ICTF. RBC can continue to accept and route domestic traffic headed to Long Beach/LA. However, due to the reduced flow of traffic and reduced trains, RBC anticipates that there will be delays on cargo moving to Long Beach/LA.
May 23, 2012 - CP Canadian Network Shutdown Due to TCRC Strike
May 2, 2012 - RBC Rate Changes & Rules Circular Update
February 6, 2012 - In an effort to continue to bring you the highest level of service possible, RBC has streamlined our operations in the Memphis area. Memphis and Huntsville domestic booking and operations will now be covered by Matt Lockwald located in our Chicago Transportation Center (CTC). Matt can be reached at 630-599-2381. As CTC acclimates themselves to this new area, posting of available equipment may be slightly delayed this week.
February 14, 2011 - New Hub in Birmingham Alabama for Shipments to LATC.