Roadrunner Improves Transit Times

Fleet Records Fifth Round of Enhanced Performance in Less Than Two Years
Roadrunner truck
The results follow a restructuring plan that was implemented to refocus business on core less-than-truckload competencies. (Roadrunner)

Roadrunner improved transit times across 149 major lanes as part of an ongoing initiative to improve speed across its network, the company announced May 17.

The Downers Grove, Ill.-based less-than-truckload carrier said the move represents its fifth round of transit time improvements in less than two years. These efforts follow a major restructuring plan the carrier implemented to refocus its business on core less-than-truckload competencies.

Roadrunner Freight ranks No. 77 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America.

“We review data in real time and seek out every opportunity to optimize our network,” said Shari Leon, vice president of linehaul operations. “On average, we are providing one-day faster service in these 149 lanes when shipped on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Our ‘Weekend Plus’ service is expedited service at LTL rates — it’s an advantage that we can offer due to our direct routing over long distance.”

Shari Leon of Roadrunner


Roadrunner specializes in direct longhaul metro-to-metro shipping. The enhancements encompass more than 14 million ZIP-to-ZIP combinations and involve 33 origin markets and 39 destination markets. The carrier said it was able to accomplish this by continuing to invest in its team service and direct routing. It also leveraged machine-learning algorithms to optimize its network operations.

“Roadrunner is committed to being the premier long-distance LTL carrier, providing fast, direct service between major U.S. cities,” Tomasz Jamroz, head of operations, said. “We’ve reduced transit times across the country due to significant improvements in our operational efficiency. Our strategic decisions are powered by data, allowing us to reduce transit times, expand to new markets and improve our on-time service percentages.”

Roadrunner took the first major step in its plan to streamline the business toward core competencies when it completed the sale of three truckload businesses in August 2020. The company has since been focused on investing in service improvements. — Transport Topics

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