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  • USDA/USDOT Study Reinforces Vital Link Between Rail, Agriculture

    April 30, 2010

    The Association of American Railroads (AAR) says the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Transportation (DOT) study on rural transportation shows how the vital link between railroads and agribusiness supports the U.S. economy, and our nation’s economic recovery. “USDA took a...

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  • Rail Freight Traffic Continues to Gain Strength

    April 29, 2010

    The Association of American Railroads (AAR) said today that rail freight traffic is continuing to gain strength as weekly carload volume was at its highest level since the first week of December 2008, and weekly intermodal volume reached its highest level this year. U.S. railroads originated 298...

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  • Study Shows PTC Business Benefits Claims Overblown

    April 27, 2010

    The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has filed an expert analysis that clearly dispels assertions that there will be substantial business benefits to railroads that implement positive train control (PTC) technology under federal regulations. The report by international rail industry experts...

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  • Nation's Freight Railroads Now Average 480 Ton-Miles-Per-Gallon

    April 23, 2010

    The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has announced that the nation’s freight railroads in 2009 averaged 480 ton-miles to the gallon. Ton-miles-per-gallon is the railroad measurement for fuel efficiency, like autos use miles-per-gallon. Overall, freight rail fuel efficiency is up 104...

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  • Weekly Carload Volume Reaches Highest Total Since December 2008

    April 23, 2010

    The Association of American Railroads (AAR) said that signs of recovery in U.S. freight rail traffic continue to gain momentum, with carload volume last week reaching its highest level since the week ended December 6, 2008. U.S. railroads originated 296,599 carloads during the week ended April 17,...

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  • AAR Reports Broad Gains in Weekly U.S. Rail Freight Traffic

    April 15, 2010

    The Association of American Railroads reports that freight traffic on U.S. railroads was once again up sharply for the week ended April 10, 2010 compared with the same period a year ago.  U.S. railroads originated 288,495 carloads during the week, up 16.4 percent from the comparable week in...

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  • Railroads Seeing First Monthly Year-Over-Year Carload Gains Since July 2008

    April 14, 2010

    The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is reporting that U.S. freight railroads saw a 7.5 percent rise in carloads during March compared with the same month last year, and a decline of 11.5 percent compared with the same month in 2008. According to the April 2010 AAR Rail Time Indicators...

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  • AAR Reports Sharp Traffic Gains on U.S. Railroads

    April 8, 2010

    The Association of American Railroads is reporting that U.S. railroads saw sharp gains in traffic for the week ending April 3, 2010, compared with levels from one year ago. U.S. railroads originated 290,217 carloads during the week, up 10.7 percent from the comparable week in 2009. This was the...

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  • AAR Senior Vice President John Gray Named to Special U.S. DOT Transportation Statistics Council

    April 7, 2010

    Association of American Railroads senior vice president, policy and economics John T. Gray has been appointed by U.S. Transportation secretary Ray LaHood to the Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics (ACTS). ACTS was established by the Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century to...

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  • Union Pacific Railroad Announces 14th Annual Pinnacle Award Winners for Chemical Transportation Safety

    April 7, 2010

    Union Pacific Railroad has announced its 14th annual Pinnacle Award recipients for chemical transportation safety. The award annually recognizes companies that have implemented successful prevention and corrective plans and have achieved a rate of zero non-accident releases (NARs) for shipments of...

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