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Rail traffic up for week ending March 5, according to AAR

Posted 03/11 · 10:19 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume at 300,953 was up 5.5 percent year-over-year and was ahead of the week ending February 26 at 296,252 and the week ending February 19 at 296,980. Carload volume was up 0.3 percent in the East and up 9.2 percent out West.

U.S. railroad capex expected to hit $12 billion in 2011, says AAR report

Posted 03/09 · 11:15 AM · LM Editorial
While heavy capital expenditures are nothing new for the freight railroad industry, a report released today by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) stated that United States-based freight railroads are planning to spend $12 billion in capital expenditures in 2011, following a $10.7 billion investment in 2010.

Railroads get good news on the PTC front

Posted 03/07 · 01:31 PM · LM Editorial
Class I railroads received good news last week, when the Federal Railroad Administration and the Association of American Railroads reached a settlement regarding the guidelines of the Positive Train Control (PTC) regulatory mandate.

Senate Judiciary Committee signs off on railroad antitrust legslation

Posted 03/04 · 11:12 AM · LM Editorial
Following the January reintroduction of a Senate bill designed to remove antitrust exemptions currently granted to the railroad industry, the Senate Judiciary Committee this week approved the bill—entitled the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act, S.49—by a 14-1 margin.

Railroad traffic shows annual gains for week ending February 26, says AAR

Posted 03/04 · 09:28 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume at 296,252 was up 2.4 percent year-over-year and was slightly behind the week ending February 19, which came in at 296,980.

Canadian Pacific, Port of Montreal ink collaboration agreement

Posted 03/01 · 09:09 AM · LM Editorial
Class I railroad carrier Canadian Pacific recently announced that it has signed a collaboration agreement on performance and productivity with the Montreal Port Authority, which it said formalizes CP’s and the port’s ongoing supply chain collaboration.

Railroad traffic shows continued gains for week of February 19, says AAR

Posted 02/25 · 10:30 AM · LM Editorial
The week ending February 19 delivered solid year-over-year gains, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

STB holds hearing on commodity and boxcar exemptions

Posted 02/24 · 01:16 PM · LM Editorial
Earlier today, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) held a hearing, entitled “Review of Commodity, Boxcar, and TOFC/COFC Exemptions.” The STB said the objective of the hearing is to review regulatory exemptions for certain types of rail traffic to determine their effectiveness in the marketplace, see whether the rationale behind these exemptions should be revisited, and also if these exemptions should be subject to periodic review.

National Gateway kicks off operations for Northeast Ohio Terminal

Posted 02/24 · 10:14 AM · LM Editorial
National Gateway officials said that the Northeast Ohio Terminal is the cornerstone of a new double-stack freight rail corridor between East Coast sea ports such as the Port of Baltimore and the Midwest.

Railroad traffic shows rebound from harsh weather for week ending February 12

Posted 02/18 · 11:55 AM · LM Editorial
Carload volume at 274,043 was up 6.2 percent compared to last year and ahead of the week ending February 5 at 267,682. But it lagged behind the week ending January 29 which hit 291,147 and the week ending January 22 at 282,837. The AAR said that carload volume was up 21.8 percent in the East and down 2.5 percent out West.

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