Freight Rail Infrastructure & Equipment Safety

Making a Private 140,000-mile Network Possible

Freight Rail Infrastructure & Equipment Safety On average, America’s freight railroads spend $25 billion a year on capital expenditures and maintenance expenses related to locomotives, freight cars, tracks, bridges, tunnels and other infrastructure and equipment. These investments ensure the safety of the vast rail network. Looked at another way, railroads have invested more than 40 cents out of every revenue dollar right back into the safety and upkeep for a rail network that keeps our

Technology Helping Railroads

How Technology Helps Railroads

How Technology Helps Railroads Move Freight More Efficiently Than Ever Each day, nearly 600 freight railroad companies use a shared fleet of 1.6 million freight cars to move goods for thousands of customers spread across North America’s vast rail network. Ensuring that operations run safely and efficiently allows railroads to maintain their competitive edge. By applying advanced software and technologies to operations, railroads move freight more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. Since 1980, rail

Environmentally Friendly Freight Rail

Environmentally Friendly Freight

Preserving the natural environment is a responsibility railroads take seriously. Freight rail is well ahead of other modes of transportation when it comes to limiting greenhouse gas emissions, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint. What helps make such a large iron horse locomotive so eco-friendly? Technology. From advanced locomotive technology to zero-emission cranes, freight railroads leverage technology in all aspects of their operations to limit their impact on the environment. Thanks in part

Railroads & States

Railroads & States

U.S. freight railroads move over two billion tons annually across nearly 140,000-miles of privately owned infrastructure that runs through 49 states. American freight railroads make massive investments across the country that enable the most efficient freight rail network in the world; moving the goods that make modern life possible, and connecting American businesses to markets from coast to coast and beyond. If railroads did not move freight in the United States it would take over

Freight Rail Impact

Freight Rail’s Impact

We all learned it in school: molecules are the basic building blocks of life. Without them, our world as we know it would not exist. In much the same way, freight railroads provide the foundation that enables the world’s top economy to thrive. For manufacturers and consumers, small and large businesses, energy companies and farmers, freight rail is the basic building block that allows a great sweep of economic activity to take place across the

Freight Rail & Operational Regulation

Freight Rail & Operational Regulation

Freight Rail Policy Stance: In the 21st Century, freight railroads require a modernized approach to federal regulations that allows them to innovate with new technologies and processes for an even safer and more efficient rail network. Why This Matters: The current regulatory approach is largely prescriptive and does not easily allow for the incorporation of the best technologies to improve safety and performance. An increasingly technological freight rail industry is innovating to improve safety and efficiency. Through

Technology: Enhancing an Already Safe Network

Technology: Enhancing an Already Safe Network

We are living in the safest era ever for U.S. railroads According to Federal Railroad Administration data, recent years have been the safest on record for the rail sector. This achievement is due in large part to the industry’s strong safety culture, visible in everything from training to operational protocols. Even so, accidents sometimes occur. From 2013 to 2017, issues with track and equipment were responsible for 42% of train accidents and human error —

Freight Rail: The Most Environmentally Friendly Way to Move Freight Over Land

Freight Rail: The Most Environmentally Friendly Way to Move Freight Over Land

Preserving the natural environment is a responsibility railroads take seriously. Freight rail is well ahead of other modes of transportation when it comes to limiting greenhouse gas emissions, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint. What helps make such a large iron horse locomotive so eco-friendly? Technology. From advanced locomotive technology to zero emission cranes, freight railroads leverage technology in all aspects of their operations to limit their impact on the environment. Thanks in

Freight Rail’s Powerful Economic Impact

Freight Rail’s Powerful Economic Impact

Whether selling and building automobiles and houses, powering businesses or enabling manufacturers to reach new customers, American industries rely on freight rail to get raw goods and products to market in the U.S. and beyond. The net impact is profound, with railroads triggering a powerful economic ripple across a myriad of U.S. industries. Railroads make consistently high investments, and the results are impressive: High-paying jobs within the industry. Additional jobs that are supported by the

Freight Rail and Global Trade

Freight Rail and Global Trade

Date: 2/22/2018 In today’s interconnected world, putting “America First” means embracing global trade. The data are clear: Trade supports 40 million quality American jobs. One in four U.S. manufacturing jobs depends on exporting goods. And trade is now equivalent to roughly 27% of the nation’s GDP. American consumers have benefited with access to cheaper goods, too. Perhaps nothing exemplifies the benefits that come from trade as much as the free flow of goods between the

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What Do Amazon & the Rail Industry Have in Common?

Q&A with Lynden Tennison, Chief Strategy Officer, Union Pacific With 26 years in the industry under his belt, Union Pacific’s Lynden Tennison has had a front row seat to the U.S. freight rail industry’s technological evolution. He served as Union Pacific’s Chief Information Officer for 13 years and most recently was promoted to Chief Strategy Officer. “It’s like night and day,” he says. “Back then it was traditional big iron mainframes. Today, we look a whole

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Freight Rail’s Private Investments

Freight Rail’s Private Investments: Billions of Dollars Annually The U.S. freight rail network moves the raw goods and finished products that fuel the American economy, from the electricity powering businesses to the consumer goods filling shopping carts. This critical, efficient and cost-effective network is the best in the world thanks to railroads’ billions of dollars in annual investments. The U.S. Department of Transportation expects total freight demand to grow 41% from 2015 to 2040, which

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Freight Rail & Economic Regulation

Freight Rail Policy Stance: Freight railroads support a continuation of existing balanced regulatory policies. Why This Matters: The current regulatory framework protects rail customers against unreasonable railroad actions while allowing railroads to earn enough to make massive investments into their private 140,000-mile network. These investments ensure freight rail remains America’s critical connector. America’s freight railroads demonstrate that market-based solutions can help build a successful industry that drives economic prosperity from coast-to-coast. A broad and bipartisan

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Environmental Benefits of Moving Freight by Rail

Environmental Benefits of Moving Freight by Rail Railroads are the most environmentally sound way to move freight over land. On average, trains are four times more fuel efficient than trucks. They also reduce highway gridlock, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce emissions of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides. Through the use of greener technologies and more efficient operating practices, our nation’s privately owned freight railroads are committed to even greater environmental excellence in the years

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How Intermodal Reinvented Freight Rail

How Intermodal Reinvented Freight Rail After the nation’s first railroad was chartered in 1827, the freight rail industry quickly became the preferred heavy hauler. From grain to coal to steel — freight rail moved the goods needed to power America’s Industrial Revolution. However, by the 1970s, heavy-handed regulation had pushed the industry toward collapse, making it ill-prepared to meet the challenges of a burgeoning global economy. Things began to turn around, however, beginning in 1980.

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Railroad Jobs: A Highly Skilled & Compensated Workforce

The industry attracts employees from a wide range of backgrounds —from high school graduates to those holding graduate degrees — to help safely transport the raw materials, products and finished goods that sustain the nation’s economy and people.

Railroads provide the opportunity to build lifelong careers in fields such as engineering and dispatching, in law enforcement, information technology and industrial development. And with a strong track record of hiring America’s veterans, rail companies are military-friendly employers.

Because of high wages and benefits, technical training and professional growth opportunities, freight rail employees often stay in the industry for their entire careers. Many have family railroad legacies that stretch back generations.

Freight Rail and Global Trade

Why Freight Rail Embraces Global Trade

Date: 2/22/2018 In today’s interconnected world, putting “America First” means embracing global trade. The data are clear: Trade supports 40 million quality American jobs. One in four U.S. manufacturing jobs depends on exporting goods. And trade is now equivalent to roughly 27% of the nation’s GDP. American consumers have benefited with access to cheaper goods, too. Perhaps nothing exemplifies the benefits that come from trade as much as the free flow of goods between the

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Equitable Automation Policy Will Unleash the Future of Transportation

Equitable Automation Policy Will Unleash the Future of Transportation Government policy needs to encourage innovation across all modes of transportation. That’s the message the private freight rail industry delivered to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) this week as it works to develop guidance and principles for the deployment of autonomous-vehicle technology on our nation’s highways. Technology, AAR noted in its filing, has the potential to create breakthrough gains in safety performance, just as it does for other transportation

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How Technology Helps Railroads Move Freight More Efficiently Than Ever

Each day, nearly 600 freight railroad companies use a shared fleet of 1.6 million freight cars to move goods for thousands of customers spread across North America’s vast rail network.

Ensuring that operations run safely and efficiently allows railroads to maintain their competitive edge. By applying advanced software and technologies to operations, railroads move freight more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. Since 1980, rail traffic density increased approximately 300% with no significant increase in the size of the railroad network, locomotive productivity rose 93% and average freight carried per train rose 63%.

Improving the rail industry’s operational efficiency produces dividends for rail shippers too. Efficiency and productivity improvements help railroads keep prices low. In fact, rail shippers today can move roughly twice the amount of freight for nearly the same price paid in 1980, giving them an edge in an increasingly globalized economy.

Freight Rail & International Trade

Freight Rail & International Trade

By linking businesses to each other here and abroad, freight railroads have played a crucial role in America’s economic development for more than 185 years. American life is driven by employment and consumption, which is made possible by domestic and international trade. This trade, which happens across North America, depends on manufacturing and creating goods and services, transporting them to market and then selling them via various retail means — in person or electronically. International

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Rail Industry Maintains Strong Safety Record

Washington, D.C. – March 13, 2018 – Newly released data from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) confirms that recent years remain the safest ever for U.S. railroads. Through employee commitment to safety and investments in maintenance and new technologies, the industry has maintained the strong safety record of recent years, with the train accident rate down 28 percent in the last decade and last year marking the lowest rate of track-caused and human factor-caused accidents ever.

Freight Rail and Global Trade

Trade Show: American Coatings Show

Exhibitors and visitors alike see the American Coatings SHOW as the leading North American industry show and conference, offering innovative features to provide immediate business opportunities, a complete portfolio for the production of high-grade, competitive coatings, paints, sealants, construction chemicals and adhesives. In 2014, more than 8,700 industry attendees from 69 countries visited the American Coatings SHOW to source information about state-of-the-art developments in raw materials, laboratory and production equipment, testing and measuring equipment, and

ASTM International Launches Year of the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME)

2016 is the Year of the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) at ASTM. Throughout the year, we will emphasize how input from SMEs is crucial to creating high-quality technical standards. Visit our all new SME site to learn about key benefits for small businesses involved in ASTM, see success stories from small business members, and attend SME panel events at upcoming Committee Weeks. Read More

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