Tag: AAR

Railroads file suit over California’s new locomotive emissions regulations

Railroads file suit over California’s new locomotive emissions regulations WASHINGTON — Railroads have filed suit against the California Air Resources Board’s new diesel locomotive emissions standards, arguing that the state body lacks the authority to implement the In-Use Locomotive rule. The Association of American Railroads and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, on […]

‘Crafting an illusion’: US rail firms’ multimillion-dollar PR push

Norfolk Southern, the company behind the Ohio train crash, and other rail firms spent millions on marketing and lobbying By Adam Lowenstein for theguardian.com Six children, smiling and laughing, sit at a table with lunch boxes open in front of them. “Hey guys! My dad can stop a train with his finger,” one brags. “My […]

House bill would expand STB’s authority over railroad service

By Bill Stephens for trains.com Association of American Railroads says STB reauthorization measure would threaten the viability of the freight railroads and exacerbate ongoing service problems The Surface Transportation Board would get more teeth under a shipper-friendly bill that would reauthorize the agency that regulates freight railroads. The Freight Rail Shipping Fair Market Act, introduced […]

Ex-chairman: STB should consider benefits of reciprocal switching

Reciprocal switching could help with system efficiency, Daniel Elliott says By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Reciprocal switching occurs when a shipper has access to one freight railroad but wants access to a nearby competing freight railroad in order to cultivate a competitive pricing environment. President Joe Biden via a July executive ordercharged Surface Transportation Board Chairman […]

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 […]

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