Switching & Terminal

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North American Volume Flat Through Week Five, AAR

Through the first five weeks of 2023 (ending Feb. 4), total North American carload and intermodal traffic was virtually flat (-0.9%) with same point last year, according to the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) Feb. 8 report. Both the U.S. and Mexico experienced decreases, while Canada saw growth.

Commentary

Central Valley Intermodal Options

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of Jim Blaze’s review of market challenges surrounding rail intermodal. It continues the examination of issues highlighted by Gil Lamphere in an April 2022 article.

ASLRRA now offers an Advocacy section of its website with separate pages for important freight rail issues.

ASLRRA Promotes Advocacy Online

As part of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) mission to advocate on behalf of its members with regulators and legislators, it has unveiled advocacy pages on its website, covering the small-road position on a number of key topics.

North Dakota, Wisconsin Develop State Rail Plans

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has published an updated and, for the first time, combined State Freight and Rail Plan (SFRP). Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) draft Wisconsin Rail 2050 is now available for review and comment.

Commentary

Real-Time Tracking: What Are We Waiting For?

“AEI (Automatic Equipment Identification) technology is 40 years old and tells us where our shipment was. What we need is a technology that tells us where our shipment is, and a more

Nehls Chairing Rail Subcommittee

Texas Republican Troy E. Nehls, who represents the state’s 22nd Congressional District (Fort Bend County) and is in his second term, has assumed chairmanship of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee