Association of American Railroads

Association of American Railroads America's freight railroads operate the safest, cleanest and most efficient rail system in the world — and at AAR we're committed to keeping it that way.

America's freight railroads operate the safest, cleanest, most efficient and most environmentally sound rail system in the world — and at the Association of American Railroads we're committed to keeping it that way. AAR members include the major freight railroads in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak. Our membership organization oversees a 140,000-mile rail network and sets new standards for innovation, safety and technology. Railroads keep America’s economy moving forward. We carry more freight than anyone. And our trains haul a ton of freight an average of 436 miles on one gallon of fuel. We carry everyday products — food, cars, appliances, grains — and we connect American workers to markets across the country and around the world. Our freight trains use less energy more efficiently than any other freight system.

America's freight railroads operate the safest, cleanest, most efficient and most environmentally sound rail system in the world — and at the Association of American Railroads we're committed to keeping it that way. AAR members include the major freight railroads in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak. Our membership organization oversees a 140,000-mile rail network and sets new standards for innovation, safety and technology. Railroads keep America’s economy moving forward. We carry more freight than anyone. And our trains haul a ton of freight an average of 436 miles on one gallon of fuel. We carry everyday products — food, cars, appliances, grains — and we connect American workers to markets across the country and around the world. Our freight trains use less energy more efficiently than any other freight system.

Mission: An important part of AAR's mission is to work with elected officials and leaders in Washington, D.C. on critical rail transportation issues to ensure that the railroads meet America’s transportation needs today and in the future. The need for freight transportation is expected to skyrocket at the same time as Americans are looking for cleaner and more efficient solutions.

AAR CEO Ian Jefferies on railroads meeting the PTC requirements: "America’s railroads have reached an important mileston...
12/29/2020
America’s Railroads Meet PTC Mandate, Look to the Future - Association of American Railroads

AAR CEO Ian Jefferies on railroads meeting the PTC requirements: "America’s railroads have reached an important milestone this year that will enhance safety and springboard innovation long into the future." https://www.aar.org/news/americas-railroads-meet-ptc-mandate-look-to-the-future/

Washington, D.C. — December 29, 2020 — Today, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced that America’s passenger and freight railroads have met or surpassed the statutory requirements for Positive Train Control (PTC) outlined in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA). After y...

#DYK the US freight rail system, capable of moving huge volumes of goods across its vast network, is integral in getting...
12/17/2020
Railroads, Intermodal & Holiday Gifts - Association of American Railroads

#DYK the US freight rail system, capable of moving huge volumes of goods across its vast network, is integral in getting packages to you? Learn how freight rail works with e-retailers, delivery services, the trucking industry and more to deliver for you.

https://www.aar.org/article/freight-rail-is-poised-to-deliver-a-holiday-season-like-no-other/#

With online shopping skyrocketing, freight rail is working overtime for ecommerce customers to meet the demands this unusual holiday season.

#DYK the US freight rail system, capable of moving huge volumes of goods across its vast network, is integral in getting...
12/15/2020
Railroads, Intermodal & Holiday Gifts - Association of American Railroads

#DYK the US freight rail system, capable of moving huge volumes of goods across its vast network, is integral in getting packages to you? Learn how freight rail works with e-retailers, delivery services, the trucking industry and more to deliver for you.

https://www.aar.org/article/freight-rail-is-poised-to-deliver-a-holiday-season-like-no-other/#

With online shopping skyrocketing, freight rail is working overtime for ecommerce customers to meet the demands this unusual holiday season.

#DYK it used to take 2 days for a freight train to get through Chicago? Thanks in part to the CREATE program, that time ...
12/11/2020
Time to get Illinois' railroad infrastructure back on track

#DYK it used to take 2 days for a freight train to get through Chicago? Thanks in part to the CREATE program, that time has been cut in half. See what other benefits this public private partnership will bring: U.S. Department of Transportation Illinois Department of Transportation Chicago Department of Transportation

https://www.chicagobusiness.com/joe-cahill-business/time-get-illinois-railroad-infrastructure-back-track

A Democratic administration with an eye out for such projects takes over the White House next month. That's an opportunity for Illinois. Here's how.

12/07/2020
Amtrak

Amtrak

Far from home, with a multinational crew aboard to monitor more than 60 sensors. It has traveled 30,000 miles (48,200 km) and has passed the same location more than 2,200 times at speeds up to 166.8 mph (268.4 kph). Not #NASA or #SpaceX: . #NewAcela testing with ALSTOM and Transportation Technology Center, Inc. in Colorado. You can ride it in #2021.

With the holidays fast approaching, you may have already started shopping online for your loved ones. Discover how freig...
12/03/2020
Railroads, Intermodal & Holiday Gifts - Association of American Railroads

With the holidays fast approaching, you may have already started shopping online for your loved ones. Discover how freight railroads are hard at work with a variety of other businesses to deliver for you:

https://www.aar.org/article/freight-rail-is-poised-to-deliver-a-holiday-season-like-no-other/

With online shopping skyrocketing, freight rail is working overtime for ecommerce customers to meet the demands this unusual holiday season.

Crain's Chicago Business
12/03/2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Crain's Chicago Business

A Democratic administration with an eye out for infrastructure projects takes over the White House next month. That's an opportunity for Illinois. Crain's columnist Joe Cahill explains how:

America needs solutions that keep businesses competitive in today’s changing world. Freight rail's cutting-edge technolo...
12/02/2020
Sponsored Content: Scratching the surface of tomorrow’s possibilities

America needs solutions that keep businesses competitive in today’s changing world. Freight rail's cutting-edge technology combined with a smart regulatory framework, will ensure America has the freight network it needs to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

https://www.politico.com/sponsor-content/2020/11/30/scratching-the-surface-on-tomorrows-possibilities?cid=202011mt

America benefits as technology delivers a safer, more efficient rail network. Sponsored content by the Association of American Railroads.

Freight railroads mourn the loss of TTD President Larry Willis. Read AAR CEO Ian Jefferies' statement:https://www.aar.or...
11/30/2020
AAR Statement on the Passing of Larry Willis - Association of American Railroads

Freight railroads mourn the loss of TTD President Larry Willis. Read AAR CEO Ian Jefferies' statement:

https://www.aar.org/news/aar-statement-on-the-passing-of-larry-willis/

Washington, DC – November 30, 2020 – AAR president and CEO Ian Jefferies issued the following statement on the passing of Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO. “Larry’s passing is a tremendous loss for all who knew this thoughtful, tireless advocate for th...

We at AAR are wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
11/26/2020

We at AAR are wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

AAR CEO Ian Jefferies in Crain's Chicago Business: "While traffic patterns change and demands continue to grow, Chicago ...
11/20/2020
Railroad industry on track to implement improvements

AAR CEO Ian Jefferies in Crain's Chicago Business: "While traffic patterns change and demands continue to grow, Chicago is still and will remain the beating heart of U.S. rail operations. Times may change, but the industry's commitment to this city will not."

https://www.chicagobusiness.com/forum-ideas-freight/railroad-industry-track-implement-improvements

While traffic patterns change and demands continue to grow, Chicago is still and will remain the beating heart of U.S. rail operations, writes Ian Jefferies of the Association of American Railroads.

#DYK Since 1980, America’s freight railroads have spent $710B+ — averaging more than $26B a year over the past 5 years —...
11/20/2020
Freight Railroads’ Private Investments | Association of American Railroads

#DYK Since 1980, America’s freight railroads have spent $710B+ — averaging more than $26B a year over the past 5 years — to maintain and upgrade their infrastructure? Learn where railroads are investing and how it benefits you:

https://www.aar.org/article/freight-rails-private-investments/

Billions of dollars in annual, private investments make America’s efficient and cost-effective rail network the best in the world.

Global Railway Review
11/18/2020
Global Railway Review

Global Railway Review

In Global Railway Review Issue 4 2020, Ian Jefferies, President and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), wrote that there is an optimistic future for #rail freight demand in the U.S., but investment in technology, streamlining operations and modernising services will be crucial for long-term success.

Former admin officials & Congressional leaders like Speaker John Boehner, Newt Gingrich, Jason Altmire & Dan Boren signe...
11/12/2020
Community, Business and Policy Leaders Laud Historic Rail Legislation on 40th Anniversary | GoRail

Former admin officials & Congressional leaders like Speaker John Boehner, Newt Gingrich, Jason Altmire & Dan Boren signed a letter celebrating the #StaggersAct & cautioning against major changes #Staggers40

https://gorail.org/regulation/leaders-laud-historic-rail-legislation-on-40th-anniversary

Group Letter Featuring Signatories from 46 States Calls on Policymakers to Preserve Regulatory Balance for Freight Railroads and Customers Washington, D.C. — More than 1000 local and national leaders

Silicon Prairie News
11/06/2020
Silicon Prairie News

Silicon Prairie News

Working in tech does not mean debugging code all day alone in a cubicle, as a pair of recent Omaha South High School graduates found out this summer after landing paid tech internships at Union Pacific. An after-school coding class helped them get there. https://bit.ly/38foobJ

"And the logical question was, 'Why are we not using rail?'" Supply Chain Dive explores how BMW USA grew its operations ...
10/29/2020
How BMW turned Spartanburg, South Carolina, into a supply chain hub

"And the logical question was, 'Why are we not using rail?'" Supply Chain Dive explores how BMW USA grew its operations in South Carolina by turning to Norfolk Southern Corp, driving greater efficiency and reliability for the company and other businesses in the area. Read more: https://bit.ly/2HE4bRE

The automaker approached the state and Norfolk Southern with a plan for an inland port that's now used by shippers from Adidas to John Deere.

CSX
10/29/2020

CSX

Congratulations to Meaghan Atkinson, Manager of Environmental Programs for CSX, on being awarded the 2020 Professional Environmental Excellence Award by the Association of American Railroads, the highest honor for rail industry environmental professionals. Meaghan has been instrumental in CSX’s development and achievement of ambitious emissions reduction goals. https://bit.ly/3jBDOJi

The #StaggersAct was a fundamental moment in freight rail, allowing it to become one of the safest, most efficient trans...
10/28/2020
Why Regulators Must Maintain the Staggers Act - Association of American Railroads

The #StaggersAct was a fundamental moment in freight rail, allowing it to become one of the safest, most efficient transportation networks in the world. Learn about some of the challenges facing Staggers, and how the STB can preserve its spirit.

https://www.aar.org/article/how-policymakers-can-help-rail-meet-challenges-of-today-tomorrow/

The Staggers Rail Act of 1980 helped railroads become one of the safest, most efficient and cost-effective transportation networks in the world.

Supply Chain Dive
10/27/2020
Supply Chain Dive

Supply Chain Dive

The Port of Virginia revealed plans to reconfigure and double the size of its on-dock rail yard to expand rail capacity at Norfolk International Terminals

The #StaggersAct helped transform freight rail into the thriving network it is today. With smart, evidence-based regulat...
10/23/2020
Why Regulators Must Maintain the Staggers Act - Association of American Railroads

The #StaggersAct helped transform freight rail into the thriving network it is today. With smart, evidence-based regulations, the STB can help maintain the spirit of the #StaggersAct and help freight railroads continue to deliver for America

https://www.aar.org/article/how-policymakers-can-help-rail-meet-challenges-of-today-tomorrow/

The Staggers Rail Act of 1980 helped railroads become one of the safest, most efficient and cost-effective transportation networks in the world.

10/20/2020
Freight Rail Industry Honors Leaders in Hazardous Material Safety - Association of American Railroads

Ron Gould received the 2020 Holden-Proefrock Award for his commitment to the safe transportation of hazardous materials. Congratulations!

https://www.aar.org/news/freight-rail-industry-honors-leaders-in-hazardous-material-safety/

Washington, D.C. — October 19, 2020 — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced the 2020 recipient of the Holden-Proefrock Award and the 2019 Non-Accident Release (NAR) Grand Slam Awards. The awards are given annually to individuals, shippers and railroads operating in hazardous mate...

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America’s freight railroads operate the safest, most efficient, cost-effective and environmentally sound freight transportation system in the world — and the Association of American Railroads works every day to keep it that way.

Founded in 1934, AAR is the world’s leading railroad policy, research, standard setting and technology organization that focuses on the safety and productivity of the U.S. freight rail industry. AAR Full members include the seven major Class I freight railroads in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak. AAR Railroad Affiliate and Associate members include non-Class I and commuter railroads, rail supply companies, engineering firms, signal and communications firms and railcar owners.

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