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BTS reports surface trade with NAFTA partners is up 15.6 percent in March, breaks $80 billion

Posted 05/31 · 11:22 AM · LM Editorial
The United States Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was up 15.6 percent in March 2011 compared to March 2010 increasing to $80.8 billion.

AAR reports strong rail carload and intermodal volumes for week ending May 21

Posted 05/27 · 08:16 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume—at 295,148—was up 2.3 percent compared to the same timeframe last year and slightly ahead of the week ending May 14 at 294,271. It was also behind the week ending April 2, which hit 305,905 carloads, marking the highest weekly carload tally since the end of 2008.

ATA report points to bright future for trucking (and some other modes, too)

Posted 05/20 · 11:53 AM · LM Editorial
Earlier today, my inbox pointed me to an e-mail from the American Trucking Associations (ATA), which highlighted the fact that the United States freight economy—especially trucking—is poised for liftoff following the depths of the Great Recession. This information is gleaned from the ATA’s U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2022, which was put together by the ATA, IHS Global Insight, and Martin Labbe Associates.

Railroad shipping: AAR reports steady carload and intermodal gains for week ending May 14

Posted 05/20 · 08:38 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume—at 294,271—was up 1.6 percent annually and ahead of the week ending May 7 at 281,860.

Railroad shipping: CSX invests another $160 million into National Gateway project

Posted 05/19 · 11:21 AM · LM Editorial
The National Gateway is a roughly $850 million public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure initiative designed to provide a highly efficient freight transportation link between the Mid-Atlantic ports and the Midwest. It was first unveiled by CSX in May 2008.
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Railroad shipping: U.S. Supreme Court upholds decision in favor of utility shippers over BNSF

Posted 05/17 · 12:46 PM · LM Editorial
Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court upheld a ruling in which it ordered $345 million in reparations and reductions from Class I railroad Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) to two shippers, Western Fuels Association Inc. and Basin Electric Cooperative Inc.

Intermodal shipping: IANA reports strong first quarter intermodal volumes

Posted 05/17 · 10:26 AM · LM Editorial
First quarter intermodal loadings—3,292,291—were up 9.0 percent annually, as were the four major intermodal equipment categories tracked by IANA.

Intermodal is up and carloads are down for week ending May 7, says AAR

Posted 05/13 · 08:08 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume was down 0.1 percent in the East and down 4.2 percent out West. Carloads on a year-to-date basis are at 5,233,086 for a 3.4 percent annual gain.

AAR reports April volumes are mixed compared to 2010

Posted 05/09 · 12:32 PM · LM Editorial
As has been the case in recent weeks, rail carload and intermodal volumes were somewhat mixed in April, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR). April rail carloads—at 1,117277—were down 0.2 percent compared to April 2010 and up 2.5 percent compared to March 2011 on a seasonally-adjusted basis

AAR reports mixed volume results for week ending April 30

Posted 05/06 · 07:16 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume—at 295,347—was flat on an annual basis, and intermodal volumes for the week ending April 30 at 229,677 trailers and containers were up 7.8 percent year-over-year.

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