The Ultimate Guide to Intermodal Trucking

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At AllTruckJobs, we have a wide variety of different careers to choose from. Whether it’s finding a team-trucking gig to hit the road with a companion, or a student looking to get experience in the field, the road can really take you anywhere. One career that’s not as well known is intermodal trucking. What is intermodal trucking, you ask? Well, it’s one of the most in-demand trucking jobs out there and it has a wide variety of benefits. If you’re looking for a change of scenery, an intermodal trucking career might be exactly what you’re looking for!

What is Intermodal Trucking?

Intermodal trucking involves the transportation of an intermodal containing freight that can be transported via ship, train, truck, or other modes of transportation. The containers are durable, constructed of steel and built so that they can be transferred between the different modes of transportation. These are the large, rectangular containers you could find on many loading docks and shipping ports. They’re designed to handle any type of weather and be portable enough to travel on a variety of different vehicles.

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The bookends of intermodal tend to be rail and ocean segments; but in between, trucking is frequently used to connect them. Commonly referred to as drayage, the specialized trucking that runs between ocean ports, rail terminals, and inland shipping docks are typically provided by dedicated companies.

For example, an intermodal trucker might be asked to pick up a supply of freight from a shipyard. This equipment would then be loaded with freight and taken by truck to a railroad yard. The loaded equipment would be put onto a train and railed to its destination, taken off the train and finally delivered by truck to the customer. Intermodal trucks essentially connect the dots for major transportations and keep things running smoothly.

What are Some Benefits of Intermodal Trucking?

With the trucking shortage in full effect, it’s amazing how many amazing intermodal jobs are available. Many assume that truckers have to spend the majority of their life on the road and away from home. An intermodal trucking job can change all that. Below are just a few of the many benefits of taking an intermodal trucking job.

You Have a Pretty Normal Schedule

One of the biggest perks to being an intermodal trucker is that you can work relatively normal hours. You’ll be able to work close to home and be able to come home to your family on nights and weekends. You’ll work the same hours that the workers in shipyards and railroads work, which are typically the traditional 9 to 5. This will give you the ability to spend more time at home and give you a proper work/life balance.

No Waiting and Easier Maintenance

One of the great advantages of intermodal trucking is the ability to use local shops to maintain your rig. You’ll be able to remain close to home while your vehicle is worked on. You also won’t be stuck waiting around for days until your haul gets unloaded. Since you’re working locally, offload times are quick and easy, and almost all trips are done within the day. Again, this is a great career for those want to stay at home with the family.

Combat the Shortage

You might be wondering how intermodal transportation actually helps to combat the shortage. Well, intermodal transportation chains reduce the number of trucks needed to haul freight. One intermodal train takes about 300 long-haul trucks off of our crowded highways. Using this type of transportation will help to combat the trucking shortage and ensure that cargo is still traveling where it needs to go smoothly.

As always, if you’re looking for an intermodal trucking job, check out our job listings right now!

Author: Troy Diffenderfer

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