Rail News: June 4th, 2024

St. Louis Region Continues to Invest in Freight Infrastructure

St. Louis an up and coming and important area for moving freight. Recently, they announced their 2025 Priority Projects list to help improve critical roads, bridges, rail infrastructure, and port and airport facilities through the region.

Of the total priority projects in the list, 5 of them have already been completed. The largest individual project on the Priority Projects list is for a new terminal at the St. Louis Lambert International Airport, according to the St. Louis Regional Freightway. This essentially will replace the current two terminals at the airport and make it into a new big one.

Per the St. Louis Regional Freightway, additional projects include: 

  • MidAmerica St. Louis Airport Distribution Improvements (IL). This will include a new two-mile rail spur from Norfolk Southern mainline that will enable freight rail access for industry on the eastern side of the airport. Projected cost: $45M.
  • I-255 / Fish Lake (Ramsey Rd.) Interchange (IL). This will have a new interchange that will allow for additional access to the Union Pacific Dupo Intermodal Yard. Projected cost: $27M.
  • I-55/I-70 Adding Lane Improvements From I-255 to I-270 (IL). This would extend six lanes beginning at I-255. Projected cost: $400M.

U.S. Rail Traffic From the Week Ending May 25th, 2024:

  • Weekly data shows U.S. rail traffic at 485,232 carloads and intermodal units – seeing a 1.2% increase from the same time last year, per AAR data.
  • Intermodal volume in the U.S. saw an 8.9 percent increase (267,488 containers and trailers) from the same period last year.
  • Commodities including petroleum and petroleum products, chemicals, and farm products (excluding grain and food). While coal, non-metallic minerals and metallic ores and metals all saw decrease when compared to last year.
  • For the first 21 weeks of this year, North American rail volume was up 2% (total of 13,821,331 carloads and intermodal units) from last year.
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