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(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/10/2020) The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) yesterday held a hearing on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on transportation workers. In his opening statement, T&I Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) noted that few industries have been hit harder by the pandemic than transportation. “Providing an essential service, transportation workers have continued to…

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(Source: Freight Waves, June 9, 2020) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — After hovering around the 400,000-unit mark all year, railcars in storage spiked 25% in May to 520,729. This was the one of many takeaways from the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) June report. Full story: Freight Waves Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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(Source: Dallas Morning News, June 9, 2020) DALLAS, Texas — While trains are considered essential businesses, that hasn’t protected the rail industry from the COVID-19 drag. At a time when railroads were already laying off workers in the name of more efficient scheduling, the pandemic caused a significant drop in shipments, leading to even greater…

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