BTS reports a new record reading for Freight TSI

By LM Staff · January 12, 2018 The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased in November for the second month in a row, following two months of sequential declines. According to BTS officials, the Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight […]

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CSX top exec provides STB with update on PSR implementation progress

In a letter to leadership at the United States Surface Transportation Board, CSX CEO James Foote outlined the progress the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Class I freight railroad carrier has made in its ongoing implementation of Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR). PSR created by the late CSX President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison, whom passed away in December. […]

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DOT Secretary Chao rings bell for Positive Train Control implementation

Late last month, United States Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao penned a letter to Class I railroads, as well as passenger railroads and state and local transportation agencies, regarding the federally-mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) mandate, which is slated to be fully implemented by December 31, 2018. The December deadline is past the original […]

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2017 U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes post annual gains

United States rail carload and intermodal volumes both saw rebounds in 2017 compared to 2016, according to data issued this week by the Association for American Railroads (AAR). 2017 U.S. carloads increased 2.9%, or 381,266 carloads, annually to 13,478,126, compared to 2016’s 13,096,860. Intermodal containers and trailers headed up 3.9%, or 521,121 units, annually to […]

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BTS reports a new all-time high for Freight Transportation Services Index

By LM Staff · December 15, 2017 The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) headed up 0.6% from September to October, following two months of sequential declines. According to BTS officials, the Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments in ton-miles, […]

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project44 introduces rail visibility API

Following a November rollout of a new truckload visibility offering designed to enable a smarter information flow across shippers’ supply chains, Chicago-based project44, a technology services provider offering standardized secure Web service API (application programming interfaces) integrations enabling 3PLs and shippers to connect with carriers in real time, is taking the same approach for freight […]

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Rail labor agreements are reached, says National Railway Labor Conference

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor · 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. The agreements, which cover more than 31,000 employees and are subject to membership ratification, have been reached with […]

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