Railroad Shipping

By Jeff Berman · December 19, 2016
While shipments were down, the report noted that it does not create a major cause for concern, with some degree of normal seasonality at work, coupled with Donald Broughton, the report’s author and transportation analyst at Avondale Partners, noting that on an industry and anecdotal basis market sentiment indicates there are daily reports of stronger shipment volume in almost all modes of freight transportation.
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 22, 2016
While Trump’s election win has been viewed as a boon for big business, it was clear at last week’s RailTrends conference that tinkering with NAFTA could actually be bad for business.
By Jeff Berman · November 21, 2016
The service will connect the Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth markets, as well as other major markets on the BNSF network, with key consumer and industrial regions on the Kansas City Southern de Mexico network.
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 Jeff Berman · November 1, 2016
Even though volumes have flattened, an encouraging service outlook, coupled with the regulatory crunch creeping up on the trucking market, is setting the rail/intermodal sector up to regain its footing. Intermodal, trucking update 2016. Intermodal transportation update
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 · 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.
By Jeff Berman · August 5, 2016
July carloads fell 8.8 percent, or 99,530 carloads, to 1,025,367, compared to July 2015, and intermodal containers and trailers in June were off 6.9 percent, or 74,482 units, to 1,002,401.
By Jeff Berman · July 19, 2016
This ANPR stems from Section 11 the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 (passed by Congress late last year), which, the STB noted, instructs the STB to “initiate a proceeding to assess procedures that are available to parties in litigation before courts to expedite such litigation and the potential application of any such procedures to rate cases.”
By Jeff Berman · July 11, 2016
June carloads were down 7 percent, or 93,687, to 1,245,025, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 5.6 percent, or 170,607 units, to 2,540,265.
By Jeff Berman · July 1, 2016
Carloads were down 5.2 percent annually at 257,965, and intermodal containers and trailers were off 2.7 percent annually to 268,196.

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