Comprehensive coverage of rail freight/intermodal transportation management including logistics, shippers, carriers, shipping rates, tariffs, costs and rail loads and volumes.

FRA report to Congress outlines myriad challenges in implementing Positive Train Control

Posted 08/21 · 09:48 AM · LM Editorial
A report submitted to Congress by the Federal Railroad Administration earlier this month stated that there are still many obstacles to implementing Positive Train Control systems for U.S. railroads.

Rail volumes are up for week ending August 4, says AAR

Posted 08/10 · 12:16 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume—at 228,229—was up 0.4 percent annually, and intermodal volumes—at 243,261 trailers and containers—were up 3.3 percent.

Second quarter intermodal volumes are on the right track, says IANA

Posted 08/07 · 01:09 PM · LM Editorial
Second quarter intermodal loadings—at 3,716,321—were up 5.2 percent annually and IANA officials said it marks the best quarterly result in a year, with the annual growth rate topping the first quarter’s 2.9 percent gain.

AAR reports mixed volumes for July 2012

Posted 08/03 · 08:59 AM · LM Editorial
July carloads—at 1,103,733—were down 7,787 carloads or 0.7 percent annually, and intermodal—at 946,071 trailers and containers—was up 50,431 units or 5.6 percent compared to July 2011.

29th Annual Quest for Quality Awards: Rail/Intermodal’s service stays on track

Posted 08/01 · 10:44 PM · LM Editorial
Not even the great recession could slow down progress on the nation’s rails. In fact, over the past four years, rail and intermodal service provider Quest for Quality scores have steadily improved as more shippers put this time-tested mode to work to cut costs and mitigate capacity issues on the road.

AAR reports mixed volumes for week ending July 21

Posted 07/27 · 08:58 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume—at 286,254—was down 1.9 percent annually, and intermodal volumes—at 246,475 trailers and containers—were up 6.2 percent compared to the same week last year.

Surface Transportation Board focused on helping rail shippers get rate relief through two proposals

Posted 07/26 · 12:50 PM · LM Editorial
In an effort to “further protect shippers from unreasonable rail rates,” the United States Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (STB) said this week it is rolling out two initiatives to help them on this front.

Genesee & Wyoming set to buy RailAmerica

Posted 07/25 · 08:25 AM · LM Editorial
The two largest short line and regional rail operators in North America will become one, with this week’s announcement that Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) will acquire RailAmerica for an all-cash purpose price of $27.50 per share—or roughly $1.39 billion.

Carload and intermodal volumes show weekly gains, says AAR

Posted 07/20 · 01:14 AM · LM Editorial
Rail carload and intermodal volumes were both up for the week ending July 14, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
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Report makes the case for USPS to consider leveraging intermodal transportation

Posted 07/18 · 01:26 PM · LM Editorial
A report by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG), entitled “Strategic Advantages of Moving Mail by Rail,” highlights the fact that moving USPS services and products on rail could be highly advantageous and beneficial for the USPS, with multiple benefits.

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