Tag: AAR

Railroad industry worried about Biden executive order

By Ted O’Neil | The Center Square contributor for themercury.com (The Center Square) – An executive order signed by President Joe Biden that could force railroads to allow other operators to use their tracks could reduce competition and increase costs, according to industry experts. Biden’s order last week in part called on the independent Surface […]

Railroads, ag shippers announce food-safety initiative

Article by progressiverailroading.com The Association of American Railroads (AAR), Railinc and a coalition of agricultural shippers yesterday announced a new partnership to provide shippers greater visibility into recent commodities carried by covered hopper cars. The new resource will provide shippers with essential information to maintain the highest food-safety standards and help prevent potential cross-contact with food allergens, AAR officials […]

U.S. railroads post another weekly traffic jump

By progressiverailroading.com U.S. railroads reported 538,184 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending April 24, a 30% uptick from traffic levels in the same week a year ago, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Carloads for the week totaled 240,075, up 25%, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume totaled 298,109 containers and trailers, up 34.3%. For some rail traffic categories, […]

US rail traffic jumps 25% year-over-year but is flat from prior week

Investors will be watching rail volumes trends and whether Class I railroads can meet financial targets for 2021 and 2022, Wall Street analyst says By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Weekly U.S. rail volumes rose nearly 25% last week, although some commodities may be affected by uneven year-over-year comparisons because the start of the COVID-19 pandemic […]

AAR’s policy paper addresses how freight railroads are meeting challenges related to climate change

A main theme of the paper, entitled “Freight Railroads & Climate Change,” focused on how United States railroads need to be a part of the climate change solution, at a time when Congress works to balance economic recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “The [AAR] and the rail industry recognize that the climate is changing,” […]

AAR: Rail traffic report reflects 2020 shutdowns

Published by progressiverailroading.com U.S. railroads logged 513,325 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending March 20, an 11.6% increase compared with the same week in 2020, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Comparisons of the current week with the same week in 2020 are inflated because of the widespread economy-wide shutdowns — and subsequent […]

U.S. freight railroads log carload, intermodal growth in Week 10

Article published by progressiverailroading.com Total U.S. freight-rail traffic rose 12.5% to 520,736 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending March 13 compared with the same week a year ago, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. U.S. railroads logged a total of 230,684 carloads, a 2.1% increase, and intermodal volume of 290,052 containers […]

Court ruling may make it harder to cut train crew sizes to 1

By JOSH FUNK for the Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An appeals court has rejected the Trump administration’s decision to drop a proposal to require freight trains to have at least two crew members, a plan that was drafted after several fiery crude oil train derailments. The ruling Tuesday from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court […]

U.S. railroads kick off 2021 with volume increase

Article by progressiverailroading.com U.S. freight railroads posted a 4.7% increase in traffic hauled during the first week in January compared with traffic recorded for the comparable period in 2020, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Railroads hauled 235,4040 carloads, down 1.6%, and 289,849 containers and trailers, up 10.4%, for the week ending Jan. 9. Four […]

Commentary: No, railroad freight electrification is not dead

By Jim Blaze for freightwaves.com Even if the AAR disagrees Alternate research suggests that it is way too early to walk away from the electrification discussion. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) recently published a policy paper arguing that partial or complete major U.S. railroad electrification was a bad idea. Not necessary. No financial return. […]

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