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.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg

Industry to USDOT: Use IIJA Funds to Address Supply Chain Issues

Nearly 60 transportation, manufacturing and construction industry groups are calling on U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to “dedicate as much as allowable by law in discretionary grants for FY 2022 to support projects that will facilitate and ease the movement of goods.”

Long-Travel Draft System Impact Testing

RAILWAY AGE, MAY 2022 ISSUE: Under the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) program, MxV Rail (formerly TTCI) is conducting research to characterize, evaluate and improve the performance of long-travel draft systems. Draft systems protect railcars as coupler forces are transmitted through a train by controlling relative motion between coupled cars and absorbing energy during impacts.

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.”

U.S. Rail Traffic Continues Downward Trend

Total U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 23, 2022, came in at 498,011 carloads and intermodal units, down 7.4% from the same point last year, the Association of American Railroads reported on April 27.

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.

TransmetriQ Launches Rail Management System

Railinc’s TransmetriQ reported on April 19 that it is providing shippers a “one-stop shop to manage and analyze their rail operations.”

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.