Business, Equipment, Logistics

BNSF Plans $90 Million Rail Improvements in Minnesota


BNSF Railway Co. said March 9 it will invest about $90 million this year to maintain its freight rail network in Minnesota.

Janet Moore | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
March 13, 2018
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Georgetown Rail Colloquium Highlights Health of Rail, Ongoing Viability of Trucking

Several speakers at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business' "The Economics and Regulation of the Freight Rail Industry" colloquium addressed various aspects of railroad and other transportation industries June 16.

Laurie Wiegler | Staff Reporter
June 16, 2017

Rail Bottlenecks Ease in North Dakota Since Oil Bust

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In 2014, railcar space was prime real estate that was high in demand. A conglomerate of factors had come together to bottleneck North Dakota rail shipments.

April Baumgarten | Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald
June 12, 2017
Business, Logistics, Equipment

Trailer Orders Rise 19% in April to 20,200; Positive Trend Continues for 7th Month

Utility Trailer

U.S. trailer orders in April rose 19% in what analysts said was an extended growth cycle that shows no signs of reversing.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
May 22, 2017
Business, Logistics, Equipment

Trailer Orders Exceed 20,000 in April

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

U.S. orders for trailers in April were about 20,000 and posted strong year-over-year gains, analysts said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
May 16, 2017
Fuel, Business, Logistics, Equipment

Manufacturers Want Trailer GHG Rule Included in Trump Campaign to Roll Back Regulations

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association has expanded its offensive against the part of the federal Phase 2 greenhouse gas rule that concerns trailers by asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consider a Trump administration executive order intended to prune burdensome regulations.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
May 8, 2017
Business, Logistics

Railroad 1Q Profits Increase on Rebound in Coal Shipping

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All publicly traded freight railroads reported higher profits in the first quarter, led by a strong rebound in coal transportation from the doldrums of recent years and continued improvement in the intermodal sector.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
May 1, 2017
Business, Logistics

Year-Over-Year Gains Continue as Trailer Orders Top 21,000

U.S. trailer orders cruised past 21,000 in March, extending the streak of year-over-year gains to four months, ACT Research said.

Transport Topics
April 17, 2017
Business, Logistics

Monthly Trailer Orders Up 24%, Passes 26,000

U.S. trailer orders in February pushed past 26,000, up 24% year-over-year, as dealers restocked and fleets continued to extend orders, experts said, adding that industry backlog is below last year’s pace and freight demand has not fully returned.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 27, 2017
Business, Logistics

New, Safer US Rail Cars Gather Dust Even as Ethanol Trains Grow Longer

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While crossing a small wooden bridge in northwestern Iowa on March 16, 20 rail tank cars in a mile-long train transporting ethanol flew off the tracks, sending fireballs into the sky as thousands of gallons of the biofuel leaked into the creek below.

Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice | Reuters
March 20, 2017