AAR 32nd Annual Quality Assurance Auditor and Industry Conference

AAR’s 32nd Annual Quality Assurance Auditor and Industry Conference aims to improve the safety and productivity of rail transportation through quality. The conference will ​be ​held January 28-30 ​in Fort Worth, Texas.  ​Topics ​are

“Rail traffic continues to struggle”: AAR

Following a Week 47 gain attributable to timing—Thanksgiving 2018 falling one week earlier than in 2019—U.S. rail traffic fell off a cliff during Week 48—again, attributable to timing, so it’s not nearly as bad as it looks. However, all things considered, volumes for November 2019 were dismal, and the first 11 months of 2019 were nothing to write home about.

AAR: FORR NPRM “Unlawful”; SMDA Should Be Limited in Scope

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) on Nov. 12 filed comments with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) regarding two NPRMs (Notice of Proposed Rulemakings): Final Offer Rate Review (FORR) and Streamlined Market Dominance Approach (SMDA). The former, AAR said, should be scrapped because it is “unlawful” and lacks standards. The latter requires substantial limitations in scope.

AAR Honors Rhode Island’s Reed

Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Ranking Member Jack Reed has received the Railroad Achievement Award from the Association of American Railroads and GoRail “in recognition of his continued leadership on issues directly and indirectly affecting freight and passenger railroads.” AAR President and CEO Ian Jefferies presented Reed with the award on Oct. 22 in his Washington D.C. Senate office.