U.S. intermodal registers double-digit gain

U.S. weekly intermodal volume rose 12% to 244,679 containers and trailers for the week ending July 7, 2018 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on July 11. Carloads for the week were 240,514, up 5.4% compared with the same week in 2017. Total U.S. weekly rail traffic rose 8.6% to 485,193 carloads and intermodal units.

AAR, ACC, API to Trump: Kill the tariffs—before they kill us

In July 11, 2018 commentary published in the Washington Examiner, AAR President and CEO Ed Hamberger teamed with American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley and American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard to point out the inherent folly of President Donald Trump’s planned imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum, which would almost certainly cause a simmering trade war with vital economic partners to boil out of control, killing jobs and flushing U.S. economic security into the sewer.

Bridging the Big Data gap

Railways are harvesting increasing volumes of data on the performance of their assets. But converting raw data into meaningful insights remains a challenge for many industry organizations. At the May 29 Rise of IoT and Big Data in Rail conference in Munich, organized by Rotaia Media, suppliers, tech companies, train operators and infrastructure managers described how they are harnessing the power of data through advanced asset management systems.

UP chem shippers attain safety ‘Pinnacle’

Union Pacific recognized 54 companies with its Pinnacle Award for their commitment to safely transport chemical products.

InnoTrans sets special services; offers North American discount

Numerous services are available at InnoTrans 2018 to make a visit to the massive transportation trade show in Berlin “both efficient and enjoyable,” organizers say. “A much wider range of data and facts is now provided online, focusing on the convention as well as on the exhibitors, products and innovations.”

CSX spins off two to OmniTRAX

CSX has sold the Alabama & Tennessee River Railway, LLC (ATN) and the Fulton County Railway, LLC (FCR) to HGS Railway Holdings Inc., a managed affiliate of OmniTRAX, Inc. Terms for the transaction were not disclosed. OmniTRAX has managed both short lines for several years. Operations are expected to continue unchanged following the acquisition.

Spending set for Port of Thunder Bay upgrades

Ottawa is looking north in its latest plans to boost transportation infrastructure development. 

Wallace, Sorfleet, Boone advance at CSX

CSX on July 9 announced three key executive appointments. Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Mark Wallace was appointed Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, effective immediately. Chief Human Resources Officer Diana Sorfleet takes Wallace’s place, assuming responsibility for information technology, human resources, labor relations, executive compensation and aviation. Kevin Boone, who previously reported to Wallace, will continue as Vice President Corporate Affairs and Chief Investor Relations Officer, and will assume responsibility for the Corporate Communications function, reporting to President and CEO James Foote.

Chicago attorney latest STB nominee

Martin J. (Marty) Oberman, 73, an attorney and perennial fixture in Chicago and Illinois Democratic politics, is President Trump’s choice to fill a vacant Democratic seat on the five-member Surface Transportation Board (STB). He must be confirmed by the Senate.

PTSI debuts updated Route Learning System™

New from PTSI Transportation is an upgraded digital version of its multi-media Route Learning System™, described as “an enhanced physical characteristics training tool.”

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