Illinois-based LTL carrier Roadrunner adds five new lanes

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Roadrunner, an LTL carrier specializing in long-haul nationwide metro-to-metro shipping, recently announced five additional direct lanes to its service network and improved transit times by at least one day in 66 of its major lanes. This follows other network changes made earlier this year.

In a statement, the company said as it reengineered its lanes, it increased its volume capacities, added more direct routing and all but eliminated rail usage. Among others, lanes heading eastbound from Phoenix, westbound from St. Louis and Detroit and southbound from Cincinnati and Indianapolis are all seeing notable improvements in transit times, according to Roadrunner.

“This improvement arrives just in time for summer to benefit our many customers,” said Roadrunner President Frank Hurst. “We are proud to announce these changes. Service is our number one priority. We’ve spent the last two years overhauling our network to make sure we only operate in lanes where we can provide service and quality. As a result, we’ve seen our on-time service percentage increase dramatically across the network. This is the second time this year we’ve sped up our network and reduced transit times, and we’re not stopping here.” 

“Moving transit times up in these 66 lanes is just the beginning," said Philip Thalheim, Director of Linehaul Analytics at Roadrunner. "Our analytics team proved that we run faster than our stated transit times in more than 650 lanes, almost 20 percent of our 3,700 lanes. Following previous operational improvements, our data confirmed that our freight delivers early in these lanes due to earlier pickups and improved daily capacity.”