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February 8, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • AAR reports latest monthly, weekly traffic results
    AAR reported mixed traffic results for both monthly and weekly rail traffic data. January carloads were down 6.3%, and intermodal was up 5.3% compared with the same month last year. Carloads were down 3.4% for the week that ended Feb. 2, while intermodal was up 7.2% compared with the same week in 2012. "The new year brought a continuation of an old pattern: weakness in coal, strength in intermodal and petroleum products, and mixed results for everything else," said AAR Senior Vice President John Gray. (2/8), United Press International (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BNSF helped spur $1.8B industrial investment in 2012
    BNSF's cooperation with customers and economic development agencies led to a $1.8 billion industrial investment in new facilities and expansion projects along the railroad's network. "This is a testament to the economic development potential of rail transportation, its growing importance to the nation's economy, and the commitment of our partner state and local economic development organizations to supporting rail-served industry investment and job creation in their communities," said said Vann Cunningham, BNSF assistant vice president of economic development. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • IANA: Intermodal shipments climb 4% in 2012 year-on-year
    Intermodal shipments in 2012 climbed 4% to 14.6 million units compared to the 2011 level, and intermodal container volume set a record high, growing 5.9% from the 2011 volume, according to the Intermodal Association of North America. "For the third straight year, domestic containers were the driving factor. Forty-eight-foot and 53-foot domestic boxes accounted for 38% of all container movements for the year," IANA officials said. The Journal of Commerce (2/7), (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & Environmental Watch 
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