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By LM Staff · December 11, 2017
Labor accord on United States railroads has been reached, with the National Railway Labor Conference announcing today that U.S.-based major freight railroads have come to tentative agreements.
By Jeff Berman · December 8, 2017
Carloads were essentially flat, falling 0.9%, or 11,442 carloads, annually to 1,307,521, and intermodal containers and trailers headed up 3.8% annually, or 50,029 units, to 1,369,160, with the AAR noting that intermodal volume is still on track to set a new annual record this year.
By Jeff Berman · December 6, 2017
It is no secret that the short line railroad sector would benefit greatly for a tax credit, known in railroad circles as 45G, to become permanent. But there is a question of if that will happen in Congress.
By Jeff Berman · December 6, 2017
The joint interline service formally rolled out in October by Class I railroad carriers CN and Norfolk Southern appears to be off to a good start so far. That was the word from CN Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Jean-Jacques Ruest at last week’s RailTrends conference.
By Jeff Berman · December 6, 2017
Nearly a year into President Trump's term, NAFTA remains intact, but it also comes with various uncertainties as the United States and its NAFTA trade partners, Mexico and Canada, continue negotiations with the future of the trade pact at stake, to be sure.
By Patrick Burnson · December 1, 2017
A prominent industry analyst has observed that that 2018 is expected to be a much better year for railroads and shippers who rely on them.
By LM Staff · November 29, 2017
Rail carloads headed up 0.2% to 230,326, and intermodal containers and trailers increased 4.7% to 233,276.
By LM Staff · November 27, 2017
Rail carloads were off 1.6% annually at 266,927, and intermodal containers and trailers headed up 3.9% to 287,139.
By Jeff Berman · November 17, 2017
A recent study issued by Houston-based Comtrex Inc. takes a deep dive into capturing insight regarding how the commodity shipping industry places a high priority on transportation management initiatives as they related to buying, selling storing, and servicing railcars.
By LM Staff · November 17, 2017
Rail carloads fell 3.3% annually to 263,265, and intermodal containers and trailers saw a 5.6% annual gain to 284,215.
By Jeff Berman · November 3, 2017
The index ISM uses to measure non-manufacturing growth—known as the NMI—eked out a 0.3% increase to 60.1 (a reading above 50 indicates growth). While the increase was slight, this reading marks the highest reading the NMI has hit since the report’s inception in 2008, as well as the highest reading compared to pre-2008 composite index calculations, with an August 2005 high of 61.3.
By Jeff Berman · November 1, 2017
Data issued today by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) showed that third quarter intermodal volumes turned in its best over all performance, for any quarter, in more than three years. The third quarter marked the fourth consecutive quarter in volume gains, with these increase preceded by annual declines during the second and third quarters of 2016 and 25 consecutive quarters of growth prior to that.
By LM Staff · October 27, 2017
DCLI Chassis Link, a Charlotte, NC-based provider of marine chassis and asset management services to the U.S. intermodal industry, said it has inked a definitive agreement to acquire TRAC Intermodal’s fleet of roughly 72,000 53-foot domestic chassis and related customer and hosting contracts with major Class I railroads and intermodal shipping companies throughout the United States.
By LM Staff · October 27, 2017
Carloads eked out a 0.2% annual increase to 268,943, and intermodal again set a new all-time weekly record, up 5.6% to 291,046.
By LM Staff · October 24, 2017
With a 1-cent increase, the national average for diesel now stands at $2.797 per gallon. This follows a 1.1-cent gain last week and a 0.4-cent increase the week before.

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