Rail News: Jan. 30th, 2024

The FRA Submits Final Rule on Train Crew Size, Set for Review

The Federal Railroad Administration has submitted their final rule on train crew size, to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for review.

This rule, according to the US OMB website, would address the safety impact of one-person train operations, as well as, the issue of minimum requirements for the size of train crews – depending on the type of operations.

The final rule could come out as early as March.

Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending January 20th, 2024:

  • Total weekly rail traffic for the week ending January 20th, was 397,553 carloads and intermodal units – down 13.2 percent compared to the same time last year, per AAR data.
  • U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 224,182 containers and trailers, down 4.5 percent from the previous year.
  • Zero of the ten carload commodity groups posted an increase when compared to the same time last year. However, coal, non-metallic minerals, and grain all saw decreases.
  • Total rail volume in North America for the first three weeks of this year was 1,778,528 carloads and intermodal units.

You can check out other rail news from previous weeks, here.

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