Both U.S. carload freight volume and U.S. intermodal traffic continued to gain over 2009 levels in the week ending October 16 over the comparable week in 2009, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday.
U.S. carload freight volume rose 10.1%, with 14 of the 19 carload commodity groups registering gains. Metallic ores again notched the most significant gain, up 183.2%. Other commodities gaining included stone, clay, and glass products, up 32%, crushed stone, sand, and gravel, up 30.9%, and grain, up 20.1%. Non-metallic minerals led the decliners, down 25.9%.
U.S. intermodal traffic advanced 15.1% for the week, with container volume up 15.8% and trailer volume up 11.1%.
Canadian freight carload traffic rose 12.3% from last year, while Canadian intermodal rose 16%. Mexican carload freight volume gained 16.8% from the same week last year, while intermodal rose 14.2%.
Combined North American rail volume for the first 41 weeks of 2010 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was up 9.8% over the comparable 2009 period, while intermodal was up 15.1%.
Class I railroad employment reached 154,094 in
mid-September, up3.12% from September 2009 and 0.91% from August 2010. Train crew employment (transportation,
train and engine) continued to set the pace, rising to 61,444, an increase of 8.57% from last year and
1.79% from the prior month.
MTA Long Island Rail Road
will cut over to a new centralized signal and switching control system at
Jamaica, N.Y., during the October
23-24 and November 6-7 weekends in the final, $56-million stage of a
modernization project. The switchover brings a new meaning to the familiar cry,
"Change at Jamaica," a station that is the hub of all operations
on North America's longest (700
miles) and busiest (300,000 weekday rides) commuter railroad.
Electro-Motive Diesel,Inc., announced Oct. 20 that it has has signed a contract to supply six SD70ACSheavy-haul AC diesel-electric locomotives to a mining railway in Mauritania,Societe Nationale Industrielle et Miniere. (SNIM). This will bring the number of EMD locomotives operating inMauritania to 44.
In the latest of a series
of supply-chain initiatives, Canadian National has signed a memorandum of
understanding with Western Stevedoring Company Ltd. and several forest-products
companies a for seven-day-a-week unloading services at Western Stevedoring's
Lynnterm Terminal at Port Metro Vancouver (PMV).
On the 100th anniversary of
the opening of New York City's Penn Station, New York City's Penn Station,
city, state, and federal officials gathered Oct. 18 for the groundbreaking for
Phase I of the new Moynihan Station, which Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
said "is poised to be one of the greatest transportation and
infrastructure legacies of our generation."