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Data drought haunts FRA crew-size mandate
By the Federal Railroad Administration’s own congressional testimony, the years 2012 and 2013 were among the railroads’ safest on record, while the relatively few train crashes were mostly the result…
Intermodal leads weekly traffic gains
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) on April 10, 2014 reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 5, 2014 with 296,039 total U.S. carloads, up 5.4% compared…
AAR responds to service questions raised at STB hearing
Following an April 10, 2014 Surface Transportation Board hearing on railroad service issues, the Association of American Railroads issued a statement in response to questions that have been raised.
AAR announces new Silver Associate Member, Railroad Facts availability
Girard Equipment Inc. has joined the Association of American Railroads as a new Silver Associate Member.
U.S. freight traffic up again in week and in March
For the fifth time in six weeks, U.S. freight rail traffic gained ground against the comparable week in 2013 and, not surprisingly, that contributed to increased traffic totals for the…
U.S. freight traffic winning streak continues
U.S. freight rail traffic perpetuated its growth momentum during the week ending March 22, 2014, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, March 27.
“A solution looking for a problem”
Association of American Railroads President and CEO Ed Hamberger, participating in testimony before the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, has called the National Industrial Transportation League’s proposal to the STB to…
House T&I to STB: Look before you leap
On March 25-26, 2014, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) will hold a public hearing on a petition by the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) to modify STB’s standards for mandatory…
U.S. freight traffic advances in latest week
Both U.S. freight carload traffic and U.S. intermodal volume gained ground in the week ending March 15, 2014, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, March 20.
AAR: U.S. freight traffic rallies as February ends
U.S. freight rail traffic was mixed over the 28 days of February, but advanced in the final days of the month included in the latest tally offered by the Association…
SPECIAL REPORT: Keeping Railroads Healthy
Railroads are operating at peak safety, profitabilty, and productivity levels. Let’s keep them that way.
Freight railroads implement voluntary CBR safety initiatives
North America’s Class I railroads have embarked on a rail operations safety initiative that will institute new voluntary operating practices for moving crude oil by rail. The initiative, which follows…
API emphasizing collaboration, not confrontation
Following the recent, unrelated series of crude oil train derailments that resulted in fires, explosions, and in the case of Lac-Mégantic, tragedy and death, CBR (crude by rail) has come…
U.S. freight traffic falters in latest week
Both U.S. freight carload traffic and U.S. intermodal volume declined during the week ending Feb. 15, 2014, measured against the comparable week in 2013, the Association of American Railroads reported…
Irving Oil sets tank car conversion plan
Saint John, New Brunswick-based Irving Oil Ltd. announced plans Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, to voluntarily convert its older DOT-111 tank cars used in crude-by-rail (CBR) business—which has soared in recent…
Back to mixed results for U.S. freight traffic
Resuming a pattern predominant through 2013, U.S. intermodal volume gained ground, while U.S. carload freight fell short, during the week ending Feb. 8, 2014, the Association of American Railroads reported…
Re-inventing the DOT 111
Railcar suppliers gear up to meet demand for safety-first tank cars.
Freight traffic falls for week, gains in January
U.S. freight rail traffic declined during the week ending Feb. 1, 2014, but gained ground during the month of January, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Feb. 6.
NTSB, TSB issue joint CBR safety recommendations
The National Transportation Safety Board, in coordination with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, on Jan. 23, 2014 issued a series of recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and…
AAR CEO: Room for both CBR and pipelines
Contrary to some speculation, North American railroads stand ready to do their share in supplying crude-by-rail (CBR) service to complement oil transport by pipeline, Association of American Railroads President and…
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