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Shippers argue consolidation within the industry make it tough to force the kind of deal-making that leads to lower prices due to four railroads carrying 90 percent of America’s freight traffic.
The rule, entitled “United States Rail Service Issues–Data Collection,” was issued late last year and requires all Class I railroads, as well as the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office, through its Class I members, to report certain service performance metrics to the STB on a weekly, semiannual, and occasional basis. (January 30, 2017)
Executive retires from position at Canadian Pacific, partners up with hedge fund investor to try and line up a senior management spot with CSX. (January 19, 2017)
While shipments were down, the report noted that it does not create a major cause for concern, with some degree of normal seasonality at work, coupled with Donald Broughton, the report’s author and transportation analyst at Avondale Partners, noting that on an industry and anecdotal basis market sentiment indicates there are daily reports of stronger shipment volume in almost all modes of freight transportation. (December 19, 2016)
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For the month of November, the AAR reported that U.S. carloads were up 0.4 percent, or 5,406 carloads, at 1,319,008 for its first monthly annual increase in 22 months, going back to January 2015. This is a longer stretch of declines than a 19-month run of downward volumes that occurred during the Great Recession, the AAR said, adding that one factor behind the November increase was easier annual comparisons, coupled with how carloads did not see as much of an October to November decline as usual this year.
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Even though volumes have flattened, an encouraging service outlook, coupled with the regulatory crunch creeping up on the trucking market, is setting the intermodal rail sector up to regain its footing. (December 07, 2016)
Offering greater capacity, increased lane options and improved reliability, shippers should consider Intermodal Rail as part of a robust transportation portfolio. (December 06, 2016)
A final rule was issued last week by the Surface Transportation Board, which will require all Class I railroads, as well as the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office, through its Class I members, to report certain service performance metrics to the STB on a weekly, semiannual, and occasional basis.
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Even though the rate of progress being made by railroads in implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) may be viewed as low, things appear to be heading in the right direction. (November 29, 2016)
With a range of choices on the table, why rely on just one mode of transportation? (November 24, 2016)
While Trump’s election win has been viewed as a boon for big business, it was clear at last week’s RailTrends conference that tinkering with NAFTA could actually be bad for business. (November 22, 2016)
The service will connect the Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth markets, as well as other major markets on the BNSF network, with key consumer and industrial regions on the Kansas City Southern de Mexico network.
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Learn how to increase access to capacity, reduce transportation costs and mitigate exposure to future trucking regulations. (November 20, 2016)
Carloads were down 5.1 percent, or 57,800 carloads, to 1,066,944 annually, and intermodal container and trailer volume in October saw a 1.2 percent annual, or 13,096 unit, decline to 1,075,820. (November 04, 2016)