Technology


Safety


Policy Issues

Infrastructure

  • Expert Q&A: Rail is Ready for Fiercer Competition
    We spoke with Patrick Lortie, transportation expert with Oliver Wyman, about how railroads can keep pace through technology and policy: “Although freight rail companies are incredibly successful today, the railroad of tomorrow is going to be vastly different. They’re absolutely on the cusp of big transformational change.”
  • Freight Railroad Industry FAST Act Reauthorization Priorities
    Fueled by billions of dollars in private spending on infrastructure and equipment — averaging $25 billion annually — the freight railroad industry’s top priority in FAST Act reauthorization legislation is to preserve its ability to serve its customers and compete successfully in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner. Discover how freight rail’s six priorities will help the nation #BuildForTomorrow.

Technology & Automation

  • Experts Weight in on Governing Technology in Transportation
    In a recent Mobility Podcast episode, leading transportation experts from the Mercatus Center, Oliver Wyman, the USDOT and the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation discuss the challenges facing freight railroads — including changes to distribution patterns and increased use of intermodal transportation — and outline how policy can and should promote innovation across the transportation industry.
  • Automation Guidance Wise to Include Railroads, But More Work Remains
    AAR applauds the DOT’s recently issued guidance for automation in the transportation sector, but calls for expanding freight rail’s place in the automation discussion.
  • The Wall Street Journal: American Railways Chug Toward Automation
    The Wall Street Journal highlights how American freight rail companies are increasingly automating functions — which will help improve network fluidity and customer service — and that current regulations aren’t keeping pace with these technological advancements.

Highway Issues

  • Congress Should Reject Bigger Trucks
    A recent poll found that 4 in 5 Americans oppose boosting truck sizes. Bigger trucks would drive more freight traffic to roads, creating gridlock and more damage to public infrastructure.
  • The Real Cost of Heavier Trucks
    Increasing trucks from 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds would further damage America’s roadways and harm the transportation partners who help keep America’s economy moving.

Economic Regulation

USMCA & International Trade


Capacity & Investment


Sustainability

  • Freight Rail: Moving Miles Ahead on Sustainability
    Freight railroads use innovative technologies to help limit greenhouse gas emissions, increase fuel efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint, making rail the most environmentally friendly way to move freight over land.
  • Freight Rail & the Greening of America
    From technology that reduces idling to improved freight car design, railroads are investing in new equipment and pioneering fresh ways of efficiently running greener operations.
  • Locomotive or Supercomputer? How Tech Drives Rail Efficiency
    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.

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