Day: May 19, 2022

Editorial: Railroads need to do better

By It’s been a rough couple of years for ag shippers. Truck and driver shortages, port delays in the U.S. and Asia and spotty service from railroads. The list goes on. Except for one thing. While the supply chain has always been subject to longshore union slowdowns or other factors, the ability of railroads […]

Carload Considerations: Railcar velocity is as important to the shipper as the railroad

By Chase Gunnoe for Getting cars to their destination is a mutual goal; customer input should be welcomed Railroads measure key operating metrics through railcar velocities. Class I railroads gauge operating performance by how many miles a railcar travels in a day on its network, the average speed of regularly scheduled trains, and average […]

U.S. rail volumes fell 5.4% in Week 19

By U.S. freight-rail traffic decreased 5.4% to 505,120 carloads and intermodal units in the week ending May 14 compared with the same week last year, according to Association of American Railroadsdata. Railroads logged 230,128 carloads, down 5.2%, and 274,992 containers and trailers, down 5.5%. Three of the 10 carload commodity groups that the AAR tracks […]

Federal Railroad Administration releases 2021 fiscal year enforcement report

By: The Federal Railroad Administration today released its Annual Enforcement Report summarizing regulatory compliance inspections and audits that FRA or state inspectors participating in FRA’s rail safety program conducted during the past fiscal year (FY), as well as civil penalty enforcement actions arising from them. In FY 2021, over 70,000 inspections were conducted to assess railroad […]

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