Is rail freight volume growing?

Is rail freight volume growing?

Market expert Jim Blaze looks at how rail freight volume has changed over the years and what the outlook is for the next decade. Learn what he thinks will happen to the railroad industry in its long-term competition with trucking to carry freight.

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More states take up two-person crew legislation

More states take up two-person crew legislation

Add Ohio and Washington state to the list of states where leaders are debating whether to require freight railroads to have at least two crew members per train. Ohio and Washington state legislators have introduced bills this spring mandating a minimum crew size for freight trains. Washington state’s bill takes the debate one step further by also defining how many crew members should be operating a train that’s carrying crude oil.

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Higher coal, chemicals rail volumes lift U.S. carloads

Higher coal, chemicals rail volumes lift U.S. carloads

Higher coal and chemicals volumes drove U.S. carloads upward on a weekly basis for the first time since late February, according to the latest data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR). But despite that weekly gain for U.S. carloads, overall U.S. rail traffic still softened.

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Flashback Friday: how logistics began

Flashback Friday: how logistics began

In this Flashback Friday, FreightWaves looks at the history of logistics. Logistics is now a commonly heard term. It is used by corporations and the military, but its origins go back to ancient times.

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Should the rail industry look beyond operating ratio?

Should the rail industry look beyond operating ratio?

With almost all of the Class I railroads transitioning to precision scheduling railroading (PSR), an operational model that emphasizes running railcars on a fixed schedule, a question surfacing within the rail industry is how much emphasis should the railroads place on lower operating ratio.

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Shortline railroads essential to the success of precision railroading

Shortline railroads essential to the success of precision railroading

Precision scheduled railroading (PSR) can’t succeed if the Class I railroads aren’t able to fold the shortline railroads into the new operating model, according to one of the early developers of the precision railroading model.

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