Freight Rail Pays For Its Own Safe, Efficient Network
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.”
What Rail’s Private Investment Makes Possible
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.
TECH Q&A: Big Data, Machine Learning & a Team of Jedi Masters
Technology is opening a new frontier for rail, says Norfolk Southern’s John Scheib. Full-realization of the benefits requires FRA to “reimagine possible” and “unleash a new age of innovation for railroads that will benefit our customers, the public and our national economy.”
Meeting the Demands of the Digital Age
By spending billions of dollars in private capital on infrastructure, equipment and technology, freight railroads are helping to solve a national transportation capacity crisis while keeping the economy moving.
TTCI & Railinc: Delivering Tomorrow’s Railroads
Lisa Stabler, President of TTCI, and Allen West, President and CEO of Railinc, highlight how railroads develop and deploy high-tech tools that help make North America’s freight rail network safer than ever before.
How Technology Drives the Future of Rail
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.
Tech Makes Freight Rail Even Safer
Thanks to steady, substantial spending on infrastructure, equipment and technology, we are living in the safest era ever for U.S. railroads.
The Eyes & Ears of Freight Rail
FRA rail safety data continues to show that recent years have been the safest on record for the rail sector. See how technologies once found only in the pages of science fiction novels help make this possible.
Every Week is Rail Safety Week for Freight Railroads
Freight railroads educate communities on how to stay safe near rail tracks and crossings. From virtual reality videos to national safety campaigns see how railroads are helping stop these preventable tragedies.
How I Used Freight Rail’s AskRail App
Two first responders speak to the power of the AskRail app. “Even though [I was] working with railroad representatives on the scene, the app gave us a unique level of detail with the push of a button.”
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.
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.
Smart Freight Rail Policy Spurs Economy
Microeconomist Clifford Winston urges legislators to preserve the competitive environment that has allowed railroads to operate more efficiently and significantly benefit shippers.
Forced Access is a Bad Idea
Freight rail expert Anthony Hatch highlights how forced access would stop the nimble, market-responsive freight rail industry in its tracks.
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.
Preparing for the Future with Intermodal Freight Rail
The National Retail Federation forecasts that 2019 retail sales will increase between 3.8 and 4.4% to more than $3.8 trillion. See how railroads help move the goods you rely on by investing into the modernization of their intermodal networks.
6 Milestones of Intermodal Growth
Explore six changes within the last century that contributed to the safe, reliable and cost-effective intermodal rail network we have today.