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AAR reports rail volumes are up for week ending January 14

Posted 01/20 · 09:51 AM · LM Editorial
Following a sluggish first week of 2012, rail volumes for the week ending January 14 showed solid growth, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
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AAR says 2011 volumes show gains compared to 2010

Posted 01/09 · 01:05 PM · LM Editorial
Railroad and intermodal volumes continued to move in the right direction in 2011, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Three more railroad unions reach labor deals

Posted 01/09 · 11:09 AM · LM Editorial
The once tenuous situation regarding a potential railroad strike received more good news last week, when the National Railway Labor Conference said that three more railroad unions have ratified new contracts with the Class Is.
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December Cass Index report shows signs of improvement but points to slow Q4 growth overall

Posted 01/06 · 10:59 AM · LM Editorial
Following two straight months of declining freight shipments and expenditures, the December 2011 edition of the Cass Freight Index inched closer to positive territory.

2012 Rate Outlook: Flat…for now

Posted 01/01 · 05:44 PM · LM Editorial
While analysts say rates across the board are forecast to be fairly level compared to what shippers have seen over the past two years, they add that there are a number of unanswered economic and regulatory questions that could greatly affect rates if suddenly resolved.

Viewpoint: Too many wildcards

Posted 01/01 · 10:24 AM · LM Editorial
Our January issue features one of our most anticipated reports, Logistics Management’s Annual Rate Outlook. Not only has it traditionally been one of our best-read reports—second online only to our Annual Salary Survey—but over the past seven years the related webcast has attracted thousands of shippers looking for insight into what the coming year may hold in terms of rates and capacity.

Railroad shipping: AAR reports volumes are up for week ending December 10

Posted 12/16 · 09:10 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume—at 297,400—was up 3.7 percent annually.

November rail and intermodal volumes show annual gains, says AAR

Posted 12/09 · 01:29 PM · LM Editorial
November carloads—at 1,476,635—were up 2.3 percent annually, marking the largest annual gain since last March.
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Rail shippers oppose BNSF write-up stemming from company’s acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway

Posted 12/05 · 09:00 AM · LM Editorial
In a recent filing with the Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (STB), a group comprised of several rail shippers voiced their opinions as to why allowing BNSF Railway to take a write-up of roughly $8 billion based on the acquisition premium paid by Berkshire Hathaway in its February 2010 $34.5 billion acquisition of BNSF is “objectionable for many reasons.”

Tentative agreements and extended negotiating period keep railroad strike off the tracks

Posted 12/02 · 10:54 AM · LM Editorial
While the prospects of a national railroad strike were fairly high earlier in the week, the situation appears to be far less dire, with tentative agreements in place between major freight railroads and two of the three railroad labor unions that the railroads had yet to reach an agreement.

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