Intermodal and Drayage

Intermodal and Drayage Market Update and Hot Lanes

Intermodal Market Update

Demand off the West Coast continues to surge, and demand in Northern California and the PNW is growing in addition to the usual Southern California flows. Congestion surcharges are in place for shipments out of California as import and transload activity remain high. Drayage and equipment remain key focuses as XPO adds capacity in both areas to support customer growth. Overall there continues to be high demand and limited assets. The Atlanta market is feeling pinched due to increased volume, rail service issues, chassis shortages and customer receiving and unloading challenges.


If you are interested in pursuing capacity in the hot lanes or other lanes, please reach out to your XPO rep or contact us below. 

Hot Lanes: Intermodal

Origin Location Destination Location Rate
Chicago, IL Los Angeles, CA $2,000
Chicago, IL Stockton, CA $2,375
Chambersburg, PA Los Angeles, CA $2,300
Chambersburg, PA Stockton, CA $2,450
Syracuse, NY Los Angeles, CA $2,550
Syracuse, NY Stockton, CA $2,800
Worcester, MA Los Angeles, CA $2,700
Worcester, MA Stockton, CA $2,750
El Paso, TX Los Angeles, CA $1,600
El Paso, TX Chicago, IL  $2,700

Rates shown are inclusive of fuel, subject to XPO standard accessorials, effective from 05/24/21-06/24/21 and applicable for origin/destinations within 50 miles of the rail ramp. 

Drayage Market Update

High demand and tight driver capacity remain the theme in the drayage market. Import projections for 2021 continue to increase. Unfortunately drayage drivers are exiting the industry due to ramp and port congestion increases. Chassis capacity remains a concern in many markets.   More cargo owners are interested in private chassis programs to ensure continuity of import freights.  Ask us how we can help ensure you have the chassis capacity you need.


If you are interested in pursuing capacity in these or other markets, please reach out to your XPO rep or contact us below.

Drayage Short Term Local Capacity: 0-99 miles


As one of the largest intermodal and drayage providers in North America, we have the capability to provide door-to-door freight management.


Our intermodal team focuses on building collaborative partnerships with our customers. We have Tier 1 rail partners, controlled capacity of private domestic containers and chassis and access to international containers for domestic shipments.  Our service history spans over 30 years, with a presence at more than 80 rail ramps across North America, including cross-border movements between the US, Mexico and Canada. 


For drayage services, we provide extensive high-quality capacity throughout a comprehensive national network of 42 operating locations.  In addition to our national footprint, capacity and service reliability we are differentiated by our technology, and the experience of our leadership team.  Our scale provides us with opportunities to solve large problems across multiple markets and foster long-term partnerships with customers.


Our proprietary Rail Optimizer system manages all aspects of drayage and intermodal operations and is integrated with our XPO Connect digital platform, for industry-leading connectivity with customers.  Our scale allows us to capitalize on one of the most durable value propositions in transportation – that rail has a structural advantage over long-haul trucking as it’s less expensive, more fuel efficient, environmentally friendly and solves industry wide driver shortages.