Freight rail: An American free-market success

CSX_Georgia_Orona_2013_watermark The U.S. freight rail industry is among the most successful comeback stories in American history. By providing safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation for goods and services, U.S. freight rail is the envy of the world. And through its massive investment in rail infrastructure, it is considered a model for how private companies can provide sweeping […]

Partial deregulation continues to transform freight rail

Post_5_Header The freight rail industry was partially deregulated in 1980. To say that it was a catalyst that transformed the industry is an understatement, says Robert Gallamore, a nationally recognized expert on railroad and intermodal economics, technology and safety. Early in his career, Gallamore was directly involved in proposals to deregulate and restructure railroads as part […]

An industry transformed

Post4_Header_Image By the late 1970s, more than 20 percent of America’s freight rail network was owned by bankrupt railroads. An entire industry stood on the brink of collapse. On October 14, 1980 President Carter laid the foundation for a railroad renaissance when he signed the Staggers Rail Act of 1980 into law. In the video below, […]

5 surprising ways railroads improve life in America

Listicle_Header Although you probably don’t think much about how things we use every day get to where they need to be, America’s railroads have. It’s their job to keep up with the rising global demand for goods, delivering them safely, on time and affordably. But the industry also delivers some hidden gems that come with the […]

How deregulation saved the freight rail industry

01_AAR_BrandConnect_Article2_Hero_Final On an otherwise uneventful Sunday in June, leaders in Washington, D.C. began to panic. The sixth-largest company in the nation had slipped into bankruptcy. Its collapse threatened the stability of an entire industry and the health of the nation’s economy. Looking back to the financial crisis of 2008, such a scenario sounds eerily familiar. Yet […]

No need to fix a freight rail system that is thriving

AAR_BrandConnect_Article_1_HERO_Final Today, America’s freight rail system is the envy of the world. Thirty-five years ago, it was in shambles, and many of the nation’s railroads were near bankruptcy. In one telling measure of the industry’s condition — and a metaphor for freight rail at the time — stationary freight cars routinely fell off the rails because […]

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 […]