Moving a Growing Economy

FRW_FireSunset_HighRes_1MB A healthy freight rail industry is vital to the nation’s economic recovery – and with America’s changing economy now the new normal, a strong and robust freight rail network is needed to meet the country’s transforming business challenges head on. Freight rail today is transporting record levels of nearly all commodities. From coal to petroleum […]

One Year Later, a Commitment Renewed

AAR investing in america On both sides of the U.S.-Canada border, we are solemnly reflecting on the one-year observance of a terrible tragedy.  On July 6, 2013, 47 people were killed when a train hauling crude oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. Investigators have pored over the accident scene – one of the largest in Canadian history – […]

No One More Capable and Committed

photo-6_1MB Over the last few years, newly tapped sources of crude oil have transformed energy production in the United States. In communities like Williston, North Dakota, thousands of new jobs have been created and millions of barrels of domestically produced oil are helping the United States become energy independent. By safely, efficiently and affordably transporting crude […]

Delivered With Care

Safety_Main (1) From the chlorine used to purify drinking water to the car in your garage, America’s freight railroads transport some of the most important products in our economy, and have invested billions of dollars to ensure that they are transported safely. Thanks in part to these investments, railroads’ train accident rate has dropped by 79 percent […]

A Culture of Safety

Safety_List-Header (1) At a very basic level, railroading today seems similar to railroading 150 years ago: it consists of steel wheels traveling on steel rails. This apparent similarity, however, masks the widespread application of modern technology and numerous ongoing safety initiatives that continually improve the industry’s strong safety record. From state-of-the-art equipment to rigorous inspection protocols, below […]

On Track with CSX Corporation, Insight from Chairman, President & CEO Michael Ward

CSX_train_2 How CSX Corporation is meeting the freight demands of tomorrow The 31,000 employees of CSX Corporation are defining how tomorrow moves. With the economy gaining momentum and the nation committed to a sustainable future, America’s freight railroads are the right solution at the right time to serve the nation’s increasing transportation needs and contribute to […]

A New Era of Safety

PTC_Header (1) Since 2008, freight railroads have been working closely with the federal government and passenger railroads to implement positive train control – the largest and most complex safety system in the history of the railroad industry. When complete, this cutting-edge technology will monitor trains – both freight and passenger – and allow the system to override […]

Ribbons of Rail

2_spine How do you construct a freight rail network that is the envy of the world? From the tracks to the ties to the spikes, click through to learn how railroads have built and maintained America’s modern rail network.   Backbone Of America’s Economy Spanning coast to coast, America’s 140,000-mile freight rail network connects the nation’s […]

Investing in the American Workforce

Week_Three_Main_REV_1MB “I knew nothing about the railroad other than it ran on rails,” said Kimberly Vaughn. Yet after a friend encouraged her to apply for a job as an Environmental Specialist with CSX, Kim suddenly became one of two women working in a rail yard in Nashville, TN. More than 20 years later, Kim has become […]