By Jeff Berman · January 6, 2017
2016 U.S. rail carloads were down 8.2 percent annually at 13,096,860, compared to 2015’s 14,266,012. On the intermodal side, U.S. container and trailer volume decreased 1.6 percent annually to 13,490,491 units compared to 2015’s 13,710,662.
By LM Staff · December 22, 2016
Carloads dropped 2.8 percent annually to 254,700, which was below the week ending December 10 at 259,058, and the week ending December 3 at 274,329.
By Jeff Berman · December 9, 2016
For the month of November, the AAR reported that U.S. carloads were up 0.4 percent, or 5,406 carloads, at 1,319,008 for its first monthly annual increase in 22 months, going back to January 2015. This is a longer stretch of declines than a 19-month run of downward volumes that occurred during the Great Recession, the AAR said, adding that one factor behind the November increase was easier annual comparisons, coupled with how carloads did not see as much of an October to November decline as usual this year.
By Jeff Berman · December 6, 2016
A final rule was issued last week by the Surface Transportation Board, which will require all Class I railroads, as well as the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office, through its Class I members, to report certain service performance metrics to the STB on a weekly, semiannual, and occasional basis.
By Jeff Berman · November 29, 2016
Even though the rate of progress being made by railroads in implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) may be viewed as low, things appear to be heading in the right direction.
By Jeff Berman · November 21, 2016
Pending the United States Senate confirming a “full slate” of board members appointed by President-elect Donald Trump to the United States Surface Transportation Board (STB), the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said last week that the STB should take a pause on its various planned regulatory proposals.
By LM Staff · November 11, 2016
Carloads fell 0.4 percent to 271,262, and intermodal containers and trailers were up 1.7 percent at 272,115.
By Jeff Berman · November 4, 2016
Carloads were down 5.1 percent, or 57,800 carloads, to 1,066,944 annually, and intermodal container and trailer volume in October saw a 1.2 percent annual, or 13,096 unit, decline to 1,075,820.
By LM Staff · October 28, 2016
Carloads dropped 5.8 percent to 268,551, and intermodal intermodal containers and trailers were up 2.6 percent annually at 275,541.
By Jeff Berman · October 21, 2016
Carloads were down 6.1 percent annually at 262,702, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 2.2 percent annually at 269,234.
By Jeff Berman · October 14, 2016
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported this week that United States rail carload and intermodal volumes again saw annual declines for the week ending October 8.
By Jeff Berman · October 7, 2016
Annual declines for both United States rail carload and intermodal volumes remained intact for the month of September and the week ending October 1, according to data issued this week by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
By LM Staff · September 23, 2016
Carloads were down 5.3 percent at 270,336, and intermodal containers and trailers fell 4.9 percent to 267,568.
By Jeff Berman · September 20, 2016
Given the sluggish volume declines on United States rail carloads in 2016, it is fair to say that weekly volume readings continue to remain on a downward trajectory, depending on type of carload commodity to be sure.

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