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By Jeff Berman · August 19, 2016
The most recent edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners, which were released last week, continues to reflect the ongoing stretch of pricing declines for both modes.
By LM Staff · August 19, 2016
Carloads were down 7.1 percent at 267,589, and intermodal containers and trailers were down 3.4 percent annually at 266,944.
By LM Staff · August 16, 2016
The most recent edition of the Cass Freight Index Report issued this week by Cass Information Systems showed annual declines in July for freight shipments and expenditures, with flattish annual spreads.
By LM Staff · August 12, 2016
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased 0.6 percent from May to June for its third consecutive increase.
By LM Staff · August 9, 2016
The Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week that the average price per gallon of diesel gasoline dropped for the sixth straight week, falling 3.2 cents to $2.316 per gallon.
By Jeff Berman · August 5, 2016
Total intermodal volume movements—at 4,271,162—were down 6.1 percent annually and failed to keep up the momentum from the first quarter of 2016, which looked good by comparison with a 2.0 percent annual gain.
By Jeff Berman · August 5, 2016
July carloads fell 8.8 percent, or 99,530 carloads, to 1,025,367, compared to July 2015, and intermodal containers and trailers in June were off 6.9 percent, or 74,482 units, to 1,002,401.
By LM Staff · August 1, 2016
While the rail and intermodal sectors had been enjoying steady growth over the past few years, these vital sectors have not been immune to the freight slowdown being felt on the highways, in the air, and on the high seas over the course of 2016. In fact, that’s been made clear with the declining volumes on a year-to-date basis for freight rail, with intermodal following suit.
By LM Staff · August 1, 2016
Which carriers, third-party logistics providers and U.S. ports have crossed the service-excellence finish line ahead of their competitors? Our readers have cast their votes, and now it’s time to introduce this year’s winners.
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.”

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