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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.
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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.
(December 09, 2016)
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)
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.
(December 06, 2016)
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.
(November 21, 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)
Even though volumes have flattened, an encouraging service outlook, coupled with the regulatory crunch creeping up on the trucking market, is setting the rail/intermodal sector up to regain its footing. Intermodal, trucking update 2016. Intermodal transportation update (November 01, 2016)
Carloads were down 6.1 percent annually at 262,702, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 2.2 percent annually at 269,234. (October 21, 2016)
Given the sluggish volume declines on United States rail carloads in 2016, it is fair to say that weekly volume readings continue to remain on a downward trajectory, depending on type of carload commodity to be sure. (September 20, 2016)
July carloads fell 8.8 percent, or 99,530 carloads, to 1,025,367, compared to July 2015, and intermodal containers and trailers in June were off 6.9 percent, or 74,482 units, to 1,002,401. (August 05, 2016)
This ANPR stems from Section 11 the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 (passed by Congress late last year), which, the STB noted, instructs the STB to “initiate a proceeding to assess procedures that are available to parties in litigation before courts to expedite such litigation and the potential application of any such procedures to rate cases.” (July 19, 2016)
June carloads were down 7 percent, or 93,687, to 1,245,025, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 5.6 percent, or 170,607 units, to 2,540,265. (July 11, 2016)
The financial impact of the United States railroad industry on all facets of the nation’s economy cannot even come close to being understated. Association of American Railroad State of the Industry Report. (July 08, 2016)