AAR: North American Rail Volume Down Through 20 Weeks

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) now has 20 weeks of rail traffic data for 2022 (ending May 21). Total North American carload and intermodal traffic dipped 3.8% from the same point last year—falling 3.6% in the U.S. and 6.4% in Canada, and rising 3.2% in Mexico.

AAR to STB: No ‘Quick Fix’ to Service Problems

“The Class I railroads recognize that their recent service performance has not met many customers’ expectations,” the Association of American Railroads (AAR) wrote in a May 18 filing to the Surface Transportation Board (STB). But while the STB’s May 5 decision to release updated, more-comprehensive rules for reporting performance and employment metrics “reflects an understandable desire for quick action,” it was “not issued in a vacuum,” AAR pointed out.

Strafford Joins Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Timothy Strafford has been appointed a Partner for Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Transportation Practice Group in Washington, D.C. He served most recently as Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Rail Freight Lurches Lazily, With Dips and Dives

Freight rail traffic dipped yet again in Week 18, compared to the prior-year period, as U.S. carloads fell just below 2% and intermodal dropped close to 5%, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported for the week ending May 7, 2022. Mexican and Canadian volumes fared far better.

Unrehearsed, Unpolished, Inexperienced

FINANCIAL EDGE, RAILWAY AGE MAY 2022 ISSUE: Sports journalists say they don’t root for teams; they root for stories. At “Financial Edge,” the circumstance is the same. There always needs to be something to write about. Nonetheless, at its heart, “Financial Edge” roots for the railroads. The North American rail system should be an unfailing anchor for the nation, for its survival, growth and economic stability. Unfortunately, North American rail continues to look like a first-time performer at “open mike” at the logistics theater: unrehearsed, unpolished and inexperienced.

U.S. Rail Volumes: ‘Mixed’ Bag Continues in April

“U.S. rail traffic in April had something for everyone,” Association of American Railroads (AAR) Senior Vice President John T. Gray reported on May 4. “Optimists can point to autos, chemicals and scrap, all of which had solid gains [over the same period last year]. Pessimists can point to grain, intermodal and petroleum products, which saw significant declines.”

AAR: ‘Freight Railroads Remain Committed’

Following the Surface Transportation Board’s April 26-27 ““Urgent Issues in Freight Rail Service,” the Association of American Railroads has issued a statement saying that the Class I’s that testified “made clear to the STB and their customers they are committed to delivering the safe and reliable service shippers deserve and expect.”

North American Rail Volume Down Through 15 Weeks, AAR

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) now has 15 weeks of rail traffic data for 2022 (ending April 16). Total carload and intermodal traffic dipped 3.9% in North America—falling 2.9% in the U.S. and 8.5% in Canada, and rising 1.4% in Mexico from the same point in 2021.

U.S. Rail Traffic Still Below 2021 Levels

For the week ending April 9, 2022, total U.S. rail traffic was down 1.0% from the same week last year; carloads came in 1.4% higher while intermodal volume dipped 3.1%, according to the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) April 13 report.

Ian Jefferies, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads

CEO PERSPECTIVE: A Growing Rail Industry Needs Policy Sanity

As part of a special series in Railway Age’s March 2022 issue, 11 North American railroad CEOs address what must be done to grow and gain market share from competing freight transportation modes. Ian Jefferies, President and CEO of the Association of American Railroads, is the 10th to share his perspective.