U.S. Rail Traffic Still Falling As Fall Approaches

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ended September 7, 2019, and, for this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 469,285 carloads and intermodal units, down 6.6% compared with the same week last year.

Patrick Tabbed as LRW President

The League of Railway Women (LRW) recently announced its new board of directors for the 2019-2021 term, with Amanda Trainor Patrick and Sarah Yurasko serving as President and Vice President, respectively.

OmniTRAX Completes Winchester & Western Acquisition

A managed affiliate of OmniTRAX, Inc. has completed its acquisition of the 101-year-old Winchester & Western Railroad (W&W) from Covia Holdings Corporation.

HDR Wins Two TOD Competitions in China

HDR recently won two design competitions for transit-oriented development planning near rail stations in Chengdu, a Chinese city with more than 16 million residents.

L.B. Foster Changes Up Its Global Rail Team

Rail infrastructure company L.B. Foster recently announced a slew of changes to its global Rail team. Most notably, Greg Lippard is now Vice President — Rail.

CC&L Teams With Alpenglow Rail, Acquires VIP Rail

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure has teamed up with Alpenglow Rail LLC to develop and operate a diversified portfolio of rail businesses across North America. In addition, CC&L Infrastructure acquired VIP Rail ULC, an Alpenglow affiliate, from Stonecourt Capital LP.

Muallem joins RailPros

Basem Muallem, P.E., a Caltrans veteran, has joined RailPros as Vice President and Inland Empire Area Manager and statewide Transportation Lead for California.

Cowen Global Transport Conference Takeaways, Day 1

Reporting on the Cowen and Company Global Transport Conference in Bosto, Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl and analysts Matt Elkott and Adam Kramer offer these observations taken from the conference’s railcar/locomotive builder and Class I railroad panels, with a large trucker and a logistics/LTL company added for deeper perspective:

Is Intermodal Rail Stalling?

Intermodal rail—a transportation mode choice that was to take trucks off the road—is slowing down. Where is it heading? Over several decades, the premise was that railroad intermodal trailer on flat cars (TOFC) and containers mostly on double-stacked well cars (COFC) would grow in volume and therefore reduce highway truck congestion.

AAR: “Manufacturing and Goods Trading Have Weakened Significantly”

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported that, for the seventh consecutive month, U.S. rail traffic has fallen. The main culprit? A weak economy.