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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

“Rail traffic began 2023 much the same way we ended 2022—demonstrating reasons for both optimism and caution,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray.

AAR: ‘The Worst January for Intermodal Since 2013’

“It was the worst January for intermodal since 2013 with major retailers cutting back on inventories and consumer spending—especially on goods—having contracted,” Association of American Railroads (AAR) Senior Vice President John T. Gray reported on Feb. 1.

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Week 3: U.S. Rail Traffic Falls Below 2022, 2019 Levels

U.S. freight rail traffic in Week 3 (ending Jan. 21, 2023) dipped 2.1% from the prior-year period, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Jan. 25. Traffic trailed the same period in 2019 by 14%, according to Susquehanna Financial Group (SFG) Analyst Bascome Majors.

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For Week 2, U.S. Carloads Up, Intermodal Down

For the week ending Jan. 14 (Week 2), total U.S. rail traffic was down 1.7% compared with the same week last year; carloads came in 4.2% higher while intermodal dipped 7.0% compared to 2022, according to the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) Jan. 18 report.

For 2022, Overall North American Rail Volume Down

Total U.S. carload traffic for the 12 months of 2022 was down 0.3% from the same period last year; and intermodal units were down 4.9%; the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Jan. 4. For the week ending Dec. 31 (Week 52), North American rail volume was down 8% compared with the same week last year. The U.S. experienced a decrease, while Canada and Mexico saw increases.

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North American Rail Volume Down Through 51 Weeks, AAR

Through the first 51 weeks of 2022 (ending Dec. 24), total North American carload and intermodal traffic dipped 1.9% from the same point last year, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Dec. 28. Both the U.S. and Canada experienced decreases, while Mexico saw an increase.

U.S. GAO: Effect of PSR on Rail Safety ‘Unclear’

According to a recent study released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), implementation of precision-scheduled railroading (PSR), a strategy to increase efficiency and reduce costs among Class I railroads, resulted in reductions in staff and assets, such as locomotives, and longer trains, but its effect on rail safety remained “inconclusive.”