Proposed Rulings for Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Flammable Commodities

On July 23rd the U.S. Department of Transporation released two rulemaking proposals pertaining to shipping flammable materials by rail. Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains – Notice of proposed rulemaking (download PDF from DOT website) Hazardous Materials: Oil Spill Response Plans for High-Hazard Flammable Trains – Advance Notice of Proposed […]

Railcar Delays

If you regularly ship railcars you’ve probably noticed slower transit times this year. Rail carriers experienced difficult weather over the winter, then they had equipment shortages, and then higher traffic volumes. At the recent Midwest Association of Rail Shippers summer meeting, everyone on the shippers’ panel talked about how the slow transit times are hurting […]