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

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.

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.

Railroad shipping: AAR reports volumes are up for week ending November 26

Posted 12/02 · 08:24 AM · LM Editorial
Rail traffic continues to positively trend upward, with gains on both the carload and intermodal side for the week ending November 26 according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Possibility of freight railroad strike looms as deadline approaches

Posted 11/29 · 03:03 PM · LM Editorial
With the clock winding down, the ongoing dispute between railroad management and labor over contractual issues largely focused on health care and economic issues remains in flux.

Intermodal growth signs continue to look promising, say Class I railroad executives

Posted 11/29 · 12:07 PM · LM Editorial
As freight transportation volumes are primarily showing flat or modest growth levels, intermodal still is showing very strong growth prospects, with the very likely possibility that the drivers for future intermodal gains are very promising.

Railroad shipping: AAR reports volumes are up again for week ending November 12

Posted 11/18 · 11:48 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume—at 299,591—was up 0.5 percent annually and slightly ahead of the week ending November 5 at 298,465.

Railroad shipping: AAR reports volumes are up for week ending November 5

Posted 11/11 · 09:28 AM · LM Editorial
Intermodal volumes at 239,180 trailers and containers were up 3.5 percent annually.
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Intermodal shipping: UMAX service set to run between Detroit and Laredo

Posted 11/10 · 10:05 AM · LM Editorial
Taking steps to enhance the joint intermodal service they launched in March 2010, entitled UMAX, Class I railroad carriers Union Pacific and CSX recently announced service enhancements for this offering.

BNSF Railway exec hopeful for an economic recovery by 2013

Posted 11/07 · 03:16 PM · LM Editorial
While the economic recovery has had its fair share of stops and starts, it may be happening again in earnest on the railways. That is the consensus from John Lanigan, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at BNSF Railway.
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