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STB Sets 3Q24 Rail Cost Adjustment Factor

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has adopted for third-quarter 2024 the rail cost adjustment factor (RCAF), defined as “an index formulated to represent changes in railroad costs incurred by the nation’s largest railroads over a specified period of time.”

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AAR: North American Rail Volume Up Through Week 24

Through the first 24 weeks of 2024 (ending June 15), total North American carload and intermodal traffic rose 2.0% from the same point last year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The U.S., Canada and Mexico all experienced gains.

Two of BNSF’s automotive facilities, operated by service partner Inter-Rail Group, were recognized by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) as among of “the best in North America.” (BNSF Photograph)
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Class I Briefs: BNSF, CSX, UP

Two BNSF automotive facilities earn quality excellence awards from the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Also, CSX and Union Pacific (UP) are among the 100 companies on Forbes’ Net Zero Leaders list; and more than 1,000 UP managers wrap up a two-day “Operational Excellence” workshop.

Atlas (pictured) is a 12-axle U.S. Department of Energy-designed railcar for transporting shipments of spent nuclear fuel weighing up to 480,000 pounds (240 tons). The $33 million project took 10 years to complete. (DOE Photograph)

Watch: Atlas Cleared for Operation

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) Equipment Engineering Committee (EEC) has certified the Atlas railcar system to run on all major U.S. freight railroads, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy, which developed it to transport the nation’s commercial spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste weighing up to 480,000 pounds (240 tons).

Miner Enterprises’ TF-880 draft gear. (Miner Photograph)

For Miner, a ‘Milestone’

Miner Enterprises on May 29 reported selling more than 1.7 million TF-880™ draft gears since receiving Association of American Railroads’ M-1003 quality certification almost 40 years ago, and that these friction elastomer