© Khunaspix Dreamstime.

Everyone hates driving on the I-95, right? The horror highway that snakes down along the US’s eastern seaboard so choked with traffic that even smaller, parallel roads are belching with trucks trying to get freight out of the east container terminals to markets inland. This long and absorbing article on the American intermodal sector examines in great detail the considerable challenges facing US railroads and argues that with greater access to capital for track improvement and electrification, huge amounts of freight could be shifted off the roads.