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

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.

AAR reports mixed volumes for week ending July 7

Posted 07/13 · 08:38 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume—at 243,156—was down 1 percent annually, and intermodal—203,362 trailers and containers—were up 5.6 percent.

Cass Truckload and Intermodal indices are both up in June

Posted 07/12 · 12:53 PM · LM Editorial
June truckload rates were up 3.9 percent compared to June 2011, and intermodal was up 0.6 percent.

Intermodal numbers for June are very promising

Posted 07/09 · 01:31 PM · LM Editorial
U.S. railroads originated 996,022 intermodal containers and trailers in June, which was up 5.2 percent—or 49,168 units—over June 2011 for an average of 249,006 units per week.

Railroads ready to fight fuel surcharge collusion allegations

Posted 07/09 · 09:13 AM · LM Editorial
A Bloomberg report states that the four U.S.-based Class I railroads have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse the ruling, explaining that it could lead to a cumulative $10 billion or more in potential damages.
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2012 State of Logistics: Slow and steady

Posted 07/01 · 10:00 PM · LM Editorial
The logistics industry has yet to climb back to the profitability it hit in 2007–the precipice from which it dropped during the recession. According to the report’s author and industry analysts, it may be a while until the overall industry hits full stride again.

Canadian Pacific Railway appoints Hunter Harrison as president and CEO

Posted 06/29 · 10:47 AM · LM Editorial
In a widely anticipated move, Class I railroad carrier Canadian Pacific Railway formally named Hunter Harrison as its president and chief executive office and a member of its Board of Directors.

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