US railroads look for gridlock solution

by Canadian Shipper

According to a Financial Times report, record freight volumes in September may overwhelm U.S. railway infrastructure, and moves are underway to avert possible gridlock on rail tracks.

The Association of American Railroads will hold an emergency meeting in Kansas City with railroad operators and government regulators.

Train operators have been met with high demand exacerbated by earlier decisions to ration access to their networks, as they had underestimated the strength of economic recovery in the U.S.

Recent attempts to increase capacity may have come too late to prevent a deterioration in services during the forthcoming peak season which begins after Labour Day with the start of the corn harvest and the surge of imported goods for the run-up to Christmas, says the report.
One railway, Union Pacific, hopes that things will improve with its plan to take on 5,000 more staff and 745 locomotives, says the report.

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