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STB moves forward, lowers filing fees for rate challenge cases

Posted 07/11 · 02:07 PM · LM Editorial
At a time when the freight railroad industry is seeing more than its fair share of regulatory action, rail shippers received some good news last week, when the Surface Transportation Board said it is reducing the fee shippers pay to file a railroad rate or unreasonable practice complaint from $20,000 to $350—while maintaining its $150 filing fee for an expedited small rate case.

NITL files petition with Surface Transportation Board, calling for new reciprocal switching rules

Posted 07/11 · 09:36 AM · LM Editorial
The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) filed a petition with the United States Surface Transportation Board (STB), requesting that the STB adopt new rules regarding reciprocal switching between Class I railroad carriers.

AAR reports rail traffic is up for week ending July 2

Posted 07/08 · 07:41 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume—285,943—was up 0.3 percent year-over-year and ahead of the week ending June 25 at 284,562 and behind the week ending June 17 at 294,310.

APL announces plans for new Chicago-area intermodal terminal

Posted 07/06 · 07:44 AM · LM Editorial
Container shipping carrier APL recently said it has made a land purchase in Joliet, Illinois to develop an intermodal container terminal. APL officials said the company purchased 43 acres of space from CenterPoint Properties within the CenterPoint Intermodal Center, the largest inland port in the United States.

Greatwide’s Suggs discusses current capacity situation in a changing marketplace

Posted 07/05 · 09:24 AM · LM Editorial
LM Group News Editor Jeff Berman conducted an on-stage interview with Leo Suggs, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Greatwide Logistics at the eyefortransport 3PL Summit. The theme of this year’s interview was “Gauging the Impact of Driver Shortages and Changed Carrier Relationships.”

22nd Annual State of Logistics Report: A bumpy ride

Posted 07/01 · 09:33 PM · LM Editorial
The cost of the U.S. business logistics system jumped up 10.4 percent in 2010, making up more than half of the preceding year’s decline. But don’t expect gains like this to continue as the economy begins to slow and all four transportation modes scramble to make adjustments during this period of unprecedented volatility.

AAR reports mixed volume results for week ending June 25

Posted 07/01 · 11:23 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume—at 284,562—was down 0.2 percent annually and behind the weeks ending June 17 and June 10 which hit 294,310 and 290,181, respectively.

2011 State of Logistics: Rail

Posted 07/01 · 09:23 AM · LM Editorial
Steady growth on the rails

Viewpoint: Shippers in for a bumpy ride

Posted 07/01 · 08:07 AM · LM Editorial
I’m not sure who said it, but it’s one of my favorite lines when it comes to putting the current market environment into perspective: You don’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.

Rail shippers and carriers plead their cases at STB hearing

Posted 06/24 · 11:24 AM · LM Editorial
Earlier this week, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) held a public hearing to explore the current state of competition in the railroad industry, as well as possible policy alternatives to facilitate more competition.

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