For 150 years, Chicago has remained the nation’s busiest rail hub, with nearly 500 freight trains and 760 passenger trains passing through the region each day. As freight rail volumes and demand for passenger rail service continue to rise, Chicago has also become the largest U.S. rail chokepoint. Learn how railroads are making America’s busiest rail hub more efficient through a unique public-private partnership.
AAR’s SVP of Government Affairs, Adrian Arnakis, discusses how America’s railroads — not taxpayers — invest in rail’s technologically advanced infrastructure. “The nation’s rail network is a case study for policymakers as they consider how to ensure that goods flow freely and efficiently in a way that best serves the American public.”
More than just brawny engines that power trains, today’s locomotives also have brains: smart sensors and computer programs that monitor and assess dozens of variables to help make freight rail more environmentally friendly and efficient than ever before.
“Cost-benefit analysis would be a critical tool in fostering sound regulation and supports the Board’s efforts toward achieving its goals, including its mission to facilitate a fluid and reliable rail network,” said Ian Jefferies, AAR President and CEO.
Railroads use advanced algorithms and data analysis software to improve safety, reliability and service. Next generation automation technology will continue to reduce the impact of human error and human limitations on railroad operations, further improving safety and efficiency.
Balanced economic regulation allows freight railroads to privately spend billions on their network each year, helping to create innovations such as mobile apps that track customer shipments to technology that inspects the equivalent of 563,200 football fields worth of track.
Mar. 14AAR Requests STB Implement Cost-Benefit Analysis in Rulemaking ProceedingsWashington, D.C.
Mar. 13Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending March 9, 2019Washington, D.C.
Mar. 7Freight Rail Industry Mourns Passing of Joe BoardmanWashington, D.C.
Mar. 6Rail Traffic for February and the Week Ending March 2, 2019Washington, D.C.