America’s Integrated Rail Network Is Delivering for the Nation

Editor’s Note: The following editorial by Ian Jefferies and Chuck Baker was originally published on May 8 by Morning Consult, a Washington D.C.-based tech company. – William C. Vantuono

FreightWaves SONAR: Will Ocean Carriers Scale Back Sailing Cancellations?

Container-liner schedules are about to provide a telling clue on U.S. cargo demand.

AAR: “Railroads Have Experience Weathering Difficult Times, and They’ll Weather This One”

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ended May 9, 2020, and, for this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 412,549 carloads and intermodal units, down 22.1% compared with the same week last year; total carloads were 185,144 carloads, down 28.4% compared with the same week in 2019; and U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 227,405 containers and trailers, down 16% compared to 2019.

FreightWaves SONAR: Soft Truck Volume and Pricing Data Highlight an Intermodal Challenge

Throughout last year and year-to-date, the Class I railroads and the truckload-based intermodal companies have highlighted the soft truckload market as one of the major reasons for a lack of intermodal volume growth. The depth of the truckload weakness and how it may be changing can be illustrated from data provided by the FreightWaves SONAR software platform.

Railinc President and CEO Allen West: Rail Group On Air Podcast

As the industry’s centralized provider of interoperable rail data, Railinc is an essential partner to the industry in keeping trains moving efficiently and safely through rail corridors across North America. The company,

UP Shuts Down Cold Connect

Union Pacific on May 8, 2020 shut down its Cold Connect service for perishables traffic from the West Coast to the East Coast. Cold Connect began in January 2017 with the acquisition from Railex of three cold storage and distribution facilities in Delano, Calif.; Wallula, Wash.; and Rotterdam, N.Y.

COVID-19 and the Rail Economy

FINANCIAL EDGE, RAILWAY AGE MAY 2020 ISSUE: Too much ink (printer ink in the modern era) has already been spilt trying to find an angle on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the national and global economy, the consumer, the business segments most impacted by the terrible crisis (think aerospace, restaurants, the arts), the front line healthcare workers risking their lives daily and the retail, delivery and factory workers keeping aspects of life in the United States (e.g. food supply) relatively normal.

FreightWaves SONAR: Class I/Truckload-Based Intermodal Partner Fortunes Diverge

The Class I railroads and the truckload-based domestic intermodal marketing companies have all finished reporting their first-quarter 2020 earnings. For the Class I railroads, the theme of their earnings reports was that operational and cost efficiency improvements are continuing, even as steep volume contraction has stopped any thought of revenue growth for the time being.

Warning: Disturbing Images

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) on May 6 reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 2, 2020, as well as volumes for April 2020, and there was no attempt at sugarcoating. The numbers speak for themselves, and they don’t lie. The charts below tell a disturbing story in somber green bars and bright red numbers. What they don’t tell you, in the words of AAR Senior Vice President Policy and Economics John T. Gray, “No matter what, the men and women on our nation’s railroads will do their part to keep supply chains moving safely and efficiently as they link our businesses and communities to each other and to the world.” That’s not sugarcoating. That’s fact.

RSI On the State of the Railway Supply Industry: Rail Group On Air Podcast

Railway Supply Institute President Mike O’Malley and Vice President Government and Public Affairs Nicole Brewin cover a wide range of topics with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. Among them: The state