Intermodal and Drayage

Intermodal and Drayage Market Update and Hot Lanes

Intermodal Market Update

Demand for OTR and intermodal freight remains high as we exit the holidays and the market has not seen the typical January slump.  This is especially true in Southern California where tightness continues as imports remain strong and retailers focus on replenishment efforts. Class 8 truck orders have surged over past several months supporting bullish outlook for transportation longer term.


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
Charlotte, NC Los Angeles, CA $2,400
Dallas, TX Los Angeles, CA $1,250
St. Louis, MO Los Angeles, CA $2,500
Atlanta, GA Chicago, IL $1,350
Atlanta, GA Los Angeles, CA $1,950
Atlanta, GA Kearny, NJ $2,200
Seattle, WA Los Angeles, CA $2,600
Memphis, TN Los Angeles, CA $2,150
Chicago, IL Los Angeles, CA $1,800 
Chicago, IL Stockton, CA $2,400

Rates shown are inclusive of fuel, subject to XPO standard accessorials, and are good for 30 days and applicable for origin/destinations within 50 miles of the rail ramp. 

Drayage Market Update

Demand for drayage remains high as imports continue to show strong year over year comps.  We are not expecting to see the normal slow down during Lunar New Year and expect demand for drayage services to remain high for the foreseeable future.  Congestion and chassis shortages remain a major concern in Los Angeles reducing turns that drayage providers are able to complete.  We are seeing pockets of international chassis shortages in inland locations as well. 


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


Drayage Short Term Local Capacity: 0-99 miles
Drayage Short Term Regional Market Capacity: 100 - 299 miles
Drayage Short Term OTR Market Capacity: 300+ 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.