Intermodal shipping has emerged in recent years as a modern, budget-friendly, and environmentally-friendly alternative to truckload shipping. This mode of transportation has existed for centuries, and today, technological advancements in the world of intermodal logistics have made intermodal shipping nearly as fast as truckload shipping (and in some cases, it’s just as fast – or faster!) If your shipments aren’t incredibly time-sensitive, you’re looking to save some money, and you want to lessen your carbon footprint, shipping by train is a great option for you to consider. Here are four huge benefits of using rail transportation with Trinity:

Intermodal shipping is environmentally friendly.

Shifting 25% of truckload freight to the railways by 2025 would result in 2.8 billion fewer hours spent in commuter traffic, 16 billion gallons of fuel saved, and 800,000 fewer tons of air pollution. Why? Intermodal shipping uses less fuel than trucks, and therefore, has a smaller carbon footprint. Rail shipments are about three times more fuel-efficient – you can move one ton of freight over 400 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel.

You can ship your temperature-controlled product via refrigerated intermodal.

With newly available technology such as constant satellite tracking, internal temperature monitoring, and the ability to remotely change the internal temperature of the containers, you can feel comfortable that your shipments will arrive at the destination in the same condition as it left the shipper’s dock. Refrigerated Intermodal Shipping has become a viable option with tightening capacity over the road and increasing fuel prices. Let us handle your temperature-sensitive freight with care.

Rail shipments are cheaper than shipping over the road.

Intermodal shipping is almost always less expensive than truckload shipping. Of course, there are exceptions, but generally, rates will be lower. The primary reason for this is the huge difference in fuel consumption – since trains can move freight using thousands of tons less fuel, those monetary savings are passed along to you, creating a distinct cost advantage with rail shipments.

When capacity is tight, you’ve got options.

When trucks are hard to come by, the railways might be wide open. While rail capacity is expanding, many trucking companies are being forced out of business due to the economy. The railways are also immune to certain economic and seasonal patterns which tighten the already strained truck capacity. Rail shipments also keep moving through nasty weather, while a frozen highway might bring your truckload freight to a halt. This makes intermodal shipping a great stand-in for truckload shipping, even if only utilized at certain times of year.