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By Jeff Berman · July 28, 2016
New regulations focused around reciprocal switching were proposed by the Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (STB) yesterday.
By Jeff Berman · July 25, 2016
Total June volume total volume was off 4.0 percent at 1,521,276 and for the first six months of the year total volume was down 2.3 percent at 8,622,625.
By Jeff Berman · July 25, 2016
Declines remained intact in June, based on data in the most recent edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners, which was released last week.
By LM Staff · July 22, 2016
Carloads were down 5.4 percent at 262,202, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 5.8 percent at 258,020 containers and trailers.
By LM Staff · July 20, 2016
June shipments were up 1.7 percent at 1.11 compared to May on the heels of a 1.3 percent increase from April to May, and freight expenditures expenditures were up 3.9 percent over May at 2.37, which Cass said represents the second largest increase in 2016.
By Jeff Berman · July 19, 2016
This ANPR stems from Section 11 the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 (passed by Congress late last year), which, the STB noted, instructs the STB to “initiate a proceeding to assess procedures that are available to parties in litigation before courts to expedite such litigation and the potential application of any such procedures to rate cases.”
By LM Staff · July 15, 2016
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased 0.2 percent from April to May. This marks the second straight month of growth, following a 1.3 percent March to April increase, which represented the largest increase since March 2014.
By LM Staff · July 15, 2016
Weekly U.S. carloads dropped 16.5 percent annually at 228,615, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 17.9 percent annually to 215,498.
By Jeff Berman · July 12, 2016
For May, the most recent month for which ICI data is available, the ICI fell 1.2 points from April to May, coming in at 3.5, marking the second straight decline following a 4.8 reading in April.
By Jeff Berman · July 11, 2016
June carloads were down 7 percent, or 93,687, to 1,245,025, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 5.6 percent, or 170,607 units, to 2,540,265.
By Jeff Berman · July 8, 2016
The financial impact of the United States railroad industry on all facets of the nation’s economy cannot even come close to being understated. Association of American Railroad State of the Industry Report.
By Jeff Berman · July 7, 2016
Rail and Intermodal Volumes Fell in the 2016 State of Logistics Report. The Rail and Intermodal services have recovered
By Jeff Berman · July 1, 2016
Carloads were down 5.2 percent annually at 257,965, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 2.7 percent annually to 268,196.
By Jeff Berman · June 28, 2016
Chicago-based project44 has now integrated more than 1,000 transportation APIs into its platformed network. As defined by project44, these Web service API (application programming interfaces) integrations enable 3PLs and shippers to connect with carriers in real time.
By LM Staff · June 24, 2016
Rail carloads fall 8.5 percent annually at 250,748, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 4.2 percent to 265,438.

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