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March 23, 2017 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Value Up for Third Straight Month

Graphic: U.S. DOT

The year started out with trucking and the other four major transportation modes carrying more freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in January than compared to a year earlier, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Surface Trade

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Remain Steady

The Freight Transportation Services Index, Jan. 2012 - Jan. 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

While the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation sector was unchanged in January from December, according to a new Transportation Department report, it did manage a slight increase from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Cross-Border Freight Value Inches Higher, Trucking’s Share Falls

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its border neighbors increased in December for the third time in five months following a string of declines, according to new figures released Thursday by the Transportation Department.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Surface Trade

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Movements Rise Again, Tying Record High

Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of for-hire freight moved across multiple transportation modes increased 1% in December from the month before, marking the third consecutive monthly gain, according to the Transportation Department.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, For-hire Truck Tonnage, Freight Index

February 6, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Shipments Post Fourth-Quarter Gain, Down Last Year

Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Intermodal freight volumes returned to growth in the fourth quarter of 2016, posting a 1% year-over-year increase that tempered volume declines earlier the year, according to the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Port Trucking

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Outlook for Freight Activity Seen as Improved

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

Three measures of freight activity and spending were mixed, according to new figures, but the outlook for their performances has improved, according to Cass Information Systems.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Cross-Border Truck Freight Value Falls Again

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking and two other freight transportation modes carried less U.S. freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in October 2016 compared to the same time a year earlier, according to a new Transportation Department report.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Overall Freight Shipping Levels, Rates Better than They First Look

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

While a measure of total U.S. freight shipments in October broke a string of being in negative territory for 20 months, November fell back while separate reports for the month show an improvement in intermodal rates for the second consecutive month while truckload linehaul rates turned lower.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

November 29, 2016 - Industry News

Value of Cross-Border Freight Falls Following One-Month Gain

U.S.-NAFTA freight value percent change from previous year over the last 24 months. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight movements between the U.S. and its two next door neighbors moved back into negative territory following the first year-over-year increase since late 2014.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Canada, Economy, Railroads, Surface Trade

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Cass Freight Measures Post First 2016 Gains

Two measures of freight shipping posted their first year-over-year improvements in more than 12 months, indicating there has been more than the usual fall surge in shipment volume.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

November 9, 2016 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Shipments Fall for Second Straight Month

Freight Transportation Services Index, September 2011 - September 2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A new U.S. Transportation Department report shows the total amount of for-hire freight moved in the country fell 0.6% in September from the month before, the second consecutive monthly drop.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight Index

August 26, 2016 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Value Moves Lower for 18th Straight Month

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: June 2015-2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT.

New Transportation Department figures show June marked the 18th consecutive month the total value of U.S. freight movements with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico declined from the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

Quarterly Intermodal Growth Streak Ends

Graphic: IANA

Overall intermodal traffic recorded its first volume decline in the second quarter of the year following 25 consecutive quarters of growth, according to a new report from the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Index Shows Less Competitive May for Intermodal Market

Photo: Jim Park

FTR’s Intermodal Competitive Index dropped in May reflecting a domestic intermodal sector that is still experiencing somewhat difficult competitive conditions.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, FTR

May 27, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Sees Smallest Decline In Cross-Border Freight Flows

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: March 2015-2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking and four other transportation modes carried less U.S. freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in March 2016 compared to a year earlier, according to a new Transportation Department report.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads

May 16, 2016 - Industry News

Freight Shipments, Rates Well Below Year Earlier Levels

The amount of North America freight shipments and freight spending remain below levels from a year ago despite monthly gains, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report, and there is a concern conditions could get worse.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Cross-Border Truck Freight Rises, Overall Value Declines

Percent change in the value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: February 2015-2016. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Trucking was only one of two transportation modes that carried more U.S. freight by value with NAFTA trade partners Canada and Mexico in February than a year ago, increasing 4.7%.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Surface Trade

April 11, 2016 - Industry News

CP Drops Norfolk Southern Merger Bid

Image: Canadian Pacific Railway

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has announced it has terminated efforts to merge with Norfolk Southern Corp.

Tags: Railroads, Norfolk Southern, CP

January 28, 2016 - Industry News

Judge Denies Retrial to Trucking Company in Amtrak Crash

A frame from the NTSB animation recreating the accident. Image: NTSB

A Nevada trucking company has been refused a retrial stemming from a fatal 2011 accident in which an Amtrak train was struck by a truck along U.S. 95, causing the deaths of 6 people, including the trucker.

Tags: Accidents, NTSB, Railroads, Litigation

November 5, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Shipments Post Surprising Third Quarter Surge

Graphic: IANA

Despite month-to-month variations, third quarter intermodal freight traffic growth of 3.4% was in line with year-to-date results, according to new figures from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

Tags: Canada, Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

October 29, 2015 - Industry News

Cross-Border Freight Value Down More Than 8%

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: August 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its neighbors Canada and Mexico fell in August, totaling $92.4 billion, thanks largely to the drop in fuel and oil prices moved by pipeline and vessel.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Railroads, Freight, Global

October 27, 2015 - Industry News

House Approves Highway-Bill Patch

The House has passed a highway patch that will last until Nov. 20. Senate is expected to follow suit this week .Photo: David Cullen

Playing beat the clock, the House of Representatives today approved by voice vote a three-week extension of transportation funding.

Tags: Railroads, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

October 26, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Patch Could Derail Over Train Safety Measure

NTSB investigators at scene of Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on May 12 that killed eight passengers and injured another 200. Photo: NTSB

The latest proposed extension of federal highway funding includes a provision to delay a mandate for automatic-braking equipment on trains that could turn passing the measure into a game of political football.

Tags: Railroads, Highway Funding, U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

Rail Freight Weakens But Intermodal Grows

Photo: BNSF

While a lot of rail freight is not growing, rail intermodal is growing according to an analyst at ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Norfolk Southern Restructures Triple Crown Services

Photo: Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern Corp is restructuring its Triple Crown Services subsidiary to focus on the transportation of automobile parts, the company has announced.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Norfolk Southern

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