AAR: “Intermodal Likely to See Earliest Coronavirus Impacts”

According to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), one rail sector in particular will be the first to feel the brunt of the coronavirus’ impact.

AAR: “Railroads Beginning to Feel an Impact”

“Comparing rail traffic from one week to another must be done with caution because many different factors can come into play, especially in the winter when the weather can play a big role,” said Association of American Railroads Senior Vice President Policy and Economics John T. Gray as the AAR reported weekly traffic on March 11. “That said, rail intermodal loadings last week were down noticeably more than the norm over the past year. With the number of ships arriving at West Coast ports from Asia down sharply due to the coronavirus, it stands to reason that railroads are beginning to feel an impact too, at least in terms of intermodal. It’s impossible to quantify that impact with precision.”

AAR Postpones 25th Research Review

Due to current and evolving public health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus), the 25th Annual Association of American Railroads (AAR) Research Review is being postponed to June 23-24, 2020.

AAR: Blame Coal for Low Carloads

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ended Feb. 29, 2020, as well as volumes for February 2020. The numbers are in line with recent trends, but AAR feels that some figures are misleading—with one culprit to blame.

Rail Traffic Down Across North America

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ended Feb. 22, 2020, and, for this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 482,690 carloads and intermodal units, down 7.6% compared with the same week last year.

U.S. Rail Traffic Keeps Falling

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ended Feb. 15, 2020, and, for this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 479,137 carloads and intermodal units, down 8.6% compared with the same week last year.

Glimmers of Hope for U.S. Rail Traffic Dimming

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ended Feb. 8, 2020, and, for this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 485,329 carloads and intermodal units, down 6.6% compared with the same week last year.

AAR: “Glimmers of Hope” in U.S. Rail Traffic

Despite a “challenging” 2019 and a still-struggling 2020, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) believes there are “glimmers of hope” in the industry.

Understanding CPC-1354

RAILWAY AGE, FEBRUARY 2020 ISSUE: On Jan. 1, 2020, Association of American Railroads (AAR) revisions to the requirements in Appendix B of AAR Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices (MSRP), Section C-III Specifications for Tank Cars (M-1002) and related changes to certain Chapter 1 definitions officially went into effect for the tank car industry (hereafter, “Appendix B”). These revisions were proposed Nov. 22, 2019, in Casualty Prevention Circular (CPC) 1353 and finalized on Dec. 20, 2019, in CPC-1354.

AAR: U.S. Rail Traffic Still Down; Canada, Mexico See Gains

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ended Jan. 25, 2020, and for this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 485,282 carloads and intermodal units, down 7.1% compared with the same week last year.

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