Takeways from AAR’s Hamberger at Rail Insights

June 12, 2017

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; June 9, 2017

Association of American Railroads President and CEO Ed Hamberger and Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono discussed a wide range of issues affecting the railroad industry at the third annual Rail Insights conference, held June 7-8 in Chicago. Contributing Editor Jim Blaze offers the following takeaways and observations:

• Intermodal continues to be a possible growth sector for rail freight in North America. Recent weekly 2017 traffic increases for intermodal have seen near- to double-digit increases relative to the same week in 2016. However, 2016 intermodal traffic was a near-decade-low period. Translation? Projecting significant intermodal, as well as overall, freight rail growth remains difficult.

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