November 1, 2014

Rails continue posting traffic growth

It was one a pretty good year in 2010 for freight railroads. Although freight volume trailed pre-recession 2008 figures, the nation’s major railroads reported a healthy 7.3 percent jump in carload traffic and a 14.2 percent increase in intermodal (trailers and containers on flat cars). AAR officials called the 52-week figures “a positive development.” Carload [...]

Rail traffic continues growth trend

U.S. Class I railroad traffic continued its growth trend through the Christmas holiday week, reports the Association of American Railroads. Carloads were up almost 30 percent versus the same holiday week in 2009, and intermodal (trailers and containers on flat cars) was up more than 25 percent versus the same holiday week in 2009. The [...]

Shippers spurn all-truck for rail intermodal

Shippers are increasingly abandoning all-truck movements for their freight in favor of rail intermodal (trailers and containers atop rail flat cars), reports the Journal of Commerce. Journal of Commerce trucking editor Bill Cassidy writes, “Supermarkets and shopping malls don’t have rail sidings, truckers love to point out, but the intermodal industry is moving steadily closer [...]

Up, up and up go rail freight shipments

Rail freight loadings continue to show improvement, reports the AAR in releasing carloading data for the week ending Oct. 16. Total U.S. carloadings increased by more than 10 percent over the same week in 2009. Intermodal loadings were up by more than 15 percent over the comparable week in 2009. Fourteen of the 19 carload [...]