(Photograph Courtesy of Norfolk Southern)

Week 23: U.S. Rail Traffic Behind 2021 Levels, Flat With 2019

U.S. freight rail traffic dipped again in Week 23, compared with the prior-year period, as carloads were down 2.8% and intermodal fell 4.4%, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported for the week ending June 11, 2022.

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials called a June 14 hearing to address rail safety. Pictured: Subcommittee Chair Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.).

For House Rail Subcommittee, an Earful on Safety

“Examining Freight Rail Safety” was the theme of a June 14 hearing of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. The aim: for members “to hear from government and stakeholder witnesses about the state of freight rail safety and issues pertinent to keeping rail operations, rail workers and communities safe.” Railway Age provides a roundup.

(Photograph Courtesy of BNSF)

Week 22: U.S. Rail Traffic Remains Below 2021 Levels

U.S. Class I railroads hauled 475,513 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending June 4, 2022, falling 2.8% from the prior-year period. This is based on 225,274 carloads—down 1.0% from 2021—and 250,239 containers and trailers—down 4.4%, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on June 8.

U.S. Rail Volumes: ‘Mixed’ Bag Lingers in May

“Rail traffic volumes in May reflected an economy that is a mixture of good and not-so-good,” Association of American Railroads (AAR) Senior Vice President John T. Gray reported on June 1.

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.

Pictured (left to right) at the High Speed Loop groundbreaking this month are MxV Rail’s senior management Shawn Vecellio, Tammy Bregar, Kari Gonzales, and Ken Laine, and PuebloPlex Director of Operations Chris Bolt.

MxV Rail Breaks Ground on First Test Loop

Construction is under way at MxV Rail’s new railroad testing facility at the PuebloPlex campus in Colorado, which is set to open this fall.

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.

U.S. Traffic Downturn 12 Weeks and Counting

U.S. carloads and intermodal units for the week ending May 14, 2022, were each down about 5% from the same week last year, according to Association of American Railroads’ figures released May 18. It’s the 12th consecutive week of declines from the prior-year period.

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.

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