freight rail

Government, Business, Logistics

STB Proposes Emergency Action to Keep Rail Freight Moving

KCS A Kansas City Southern train. (Doug Wertman/Flickr)

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board proposed a rule change that aims to bring immediate relief for shippers facing poor rail service, asserting that the agency can take emergency action on its own to address delays.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
April 22, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Senators Laud Freight Rail Industry

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As they advocated for additional emergency aid for transportation stakeholders, the leadership of a Senate committee touted freight railroads’ role during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 22, 2020
Business, TCA

Energy Group Joins Shippers Alleging Price Fixing in Rail Transport

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Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA is the latest big freight shipper to accuse the four biggest U.S. railroads of price fixing by adding fuel surcharges to cargo prices.

January 6, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Pennsylvania Freight Rail Track Gets $700,000 for Rehabilitation

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation awarded $700,000 to Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminals Inc. to improve about 1 mile of freight rail track to bolster operations and generate jobs in Beaver County.

Dani Fitzgerald | Beaver County (Penn.) Times
December 13, 2019

Freight Rail Growth Slows Due to Competition From Trucking

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Growth in rail freight has been hampered this year by competition from trucking, in part driven by trucking’s falling rates and extra capacity.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 5, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Analysis: US Railroad System Is Great for Freight

Amtrak's California Zephyr passes a Union Pacific train Amtrak's California Zephyr passes a Union Pacific train in Green River, Utah. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The U.S. freight rail system is arguably the best and most efficient in the world.

Justin Fox | Bloomberg News
December 2, 2019
Business, Logistics

With Capacity to Spare, Railroads Have an Eye on Truck Cargo

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Rail officials acknowledged on their third-quarter financial calls they have extra capacity to move goods because they are not carrying as much freight as they did in 2017 and 2018, when the economy was roaring.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
October 28, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

FRA Awards Grant to Georgia Central Railway

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Dublin, Ga., has earned $8 million in grants for improvements to its rail infrastructure. A $4 million grant from the Federal Railroad Association was given to the city through its Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program, which was matched by the Georgia Central Railway.

Lianna Norman | Special to Transport Topics
July 1, 2019
Business, Logistics

Union Pacific, CSX, Reflect Solid Economic Growth

Union Pacific Train Union Pacific Train (Nati Harnik/Associated Press)

OMAHA, Neb. — The economy appears strong to the major freight railroads that haul the products and raw materials companies rely on, but the lingering trade disputes could derail business if they continue.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
January 24, 2019
Business, Logistics

Controversial Proposal for $8 Billion Private Freight Rail to Bypass Congested Chicago


CHICAGO — The managing partner of Great Lakes Basin Transportation was in familiar surroundings June 15 as he promoted his idea to build a freight railroad from the LaPorte area to southeast Wisconsin, circling Chicago to serve as a bypass around that congested city.

Andrew Steele | The Times (Munster, Ind.)
June 20, 2016