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Pilot Shortages Could Get Worse. $

After the disaster in France in the Germanwings crash, there could be a big change in global airline policy that could add to the pilot shortages around the world. First,…

Rail Sector Barometer for the Rest of the Economy. $

We are turning to one of our older standby’s for some direction on the economy and what’s happening across the transportation sector. We know that between rail and trucking, more…

Quick Look at DAT Trendlines.

The latest DAT Trendlines data shows that activity picked up in the latest week, but remains weaker month over month and year over year. Spot market loads are down 28%…

Rail Carload Report from AAR Shows Mixed Results. $

Rail Carload Report from AAR Shows Mixed Results.   $

The Association of American Railroads came out with its weekly report ending on February 28th and it showed a mix of news. If we focus on the week over week…

Are we Really Spending Less on Infrastructure? $

There was a report issued by the Congressional Budget Office on real US public infrastructure spending (transportation and water-based spending). Without dragging you through a lot of details on the…

Update on Rail Traffic/Economic Activity. $

The Association of American Railroads has released its latest rail activity report. You can get the full report including Mexico and Canada activity here:  https://www.aar.org/newsandevents/Freight-Rail-Traffic/Documents/2015-02-25-railtraffic.pdf .…

Supply Chain Disruptions Again this Weekend from Winter Storm.

It may not exactly be the same story that we saw in 2014, but the weather pattern is certainly starting to seem that way. Supply chain activities, specifically transportation, will…

Clearing the Backlog on the West Coast. $

We have heard of a lot of businesses that are trying to understand how long they will now have to wait to get shipments from container ships lined up off…

West Coast Ports and Everyday Life. $

Karen and I were at a client location today and we went into the corporate cafeteria to grab lunch. They were nearly completely out of napkins. Their “normal” supplier was…

West Coast Ports Reopen, Crisis Not Over. $

After the port management group locked out workers at West Coast ports over the 4-day weekend, work has resumed today and talks have continued. The good news is that work…

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