Greenbrier Joins RailPulse CoalitionWritten by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
The Greenbrier Companies, Inc., has signed on with RailPulse, a coalition of railcar owners, builders and operators whose aim is to “aggregate North American railcar fleet data on a single platform” to increase safety and the visibility of customer goods.
RailPulse was established in 2020 by five major rail industry companies: Norfolk Southern (NS), GATX Corp., Genesee & Wyoming Inc., Watco and TrinityRail.
The coalition is working not only to give “shippers visibility into the status, location and condition of rail equipment and the commodities being transported,” but also to use “key data to provide real-time performance information, including safety data, on railcars to shippers, railcar owners and railroads across the entire North American rail network.” This will ultimately “advance rail safety, increase telematics adoption [and] drive growth in freight rail utilization,” according to the coalition.
Earlier this year, RailPulse selected Princeton Consultants to design a “neutral, open-architecture, industry-wide” platform that ensures “the safety and security of proprietary car-owner data.”
RailPulse has said it expects a full rollout by year-end 2022.
“We are very excited to welcome Greenbrier to RailPulse,” NS Vice President of Strategic Planning Mike McClellan said. “Greenbrier brings a tremendous amount of industry experience and capacity to the RailPulse team, and we look forward to integrating their expertise into the development and deployment of the platform. This is just another indication of the growing appeal of the transformative possibilities offered by telematics for the benefit of all parties in the rail ecosystem: railroads, shippers and railcar owners alike.”
“The adoption of RailPulse technology advances rail safety, enhances our customer service model and drives growth for the rail freight industry at large,” Greenbrier Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial and Leasing Officer Brian Comstock said. “It also extends Greenbrier’s commitment to sustainability by making a more fuel-efficient transportation option appealing to freight shippers and enhancing the competitiveness of rail freight compared with other modes of shipping.”