FMA News Bulletin
Jul. 2, 2015

North America freight numbers released for April 2015
TI News Daily
Officials with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation, recently released the freight numbers for the month of April this year. U.S.-NAFTA freight amounted to $93.3 billion for the month of April this year. All of the transportation modes except air transported less U.S.-NAFTA freight when compared with April 2014. The value for U.S.-NAFTA freight for all of its modes has fallen by 6.8 percent year over year.More

WTO: World trade registers modest growth in 1st quarter
IBN Live
World trade grew by a modest 0.7 percent during January-March quarter of this year, the World Trade Organisation has said. The volume of world merchandise trade "increased modestly" in the first quarter of 2015, with both exports and imports registering slower growth than over the previous six months, the WTO said in a statement. According to preliminary estimates, "world trade as measured by the average of exports and imports, grew 0.7 per cent in the first three months of 2015, based on seasonally adjusted data," it said.More

Charges made in connection with Lac-Mégantic train derailment
Transport Canada has uncovered serious violations in connection with the horrific 2013 oil train derailment in Lac-Mégantic under the Railway Safety Act and the Fisheries Act, the department announced June 22, 2015. An investigation under Canada's Railway Safety Act found that an insufficient number of handbrakes were applied to the train and that the handbrakes were not tested properly. Charges are being made against a number of people for violation of the Railway Safety Act in connection to the Lac-Mégantic derailment.More

Planners hope federal funding will help ease local freight gridlock
Daily Herald
After years of short-term extensions, Congress is talking about a multiyear transportation funding bill that could help the Chicago region untie its freight gridlock, planners hope. The Senate's environment and public works committee this week passed a six-year $257.5 billion proposal, totaling about $43 billion a year. Under the Senate plan, Illinois could see about $100 million more in 2016, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning officials said. More

Canadian report: Tank car upgrades cut risk of rail spills, fires
Tank car improvements required by the U.S. and Canadian governments recently should cut the risk of spills and fires in oil train accidents, Canadian investigators have concluded. The finding came from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's investigation of on a derailment in January 2014 in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. More

FRA and Google team up on grade crossing safety
Google has agreed to partner with the Federal Railroad Administration on grade crossing safety, the agency announced on June 29, 2015. Google will use the FRA's GIS data that pinpoints nearly every rail crossing in the country (approximately 250,000) so the tech giant can add audio-visual alerts of an upcoming rail crossing when a driver uses the turn-by-turn navigation feature. FRA Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg has also asked four other major companies that develop map applications — Apple, MapQuest, Garmin and Tom Tom — to partner with the agency. More

US proposes stricter emissions for big trucks
Cargo Business
The White House proposed new rules recently to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy, long-haul trucks, which prompted a wary response from industry groups concerned about the costs. The new standards call for a 24 percent reduction in the fuel consumption of truck tractors by 2027 from anticipated 2018 levels. The prospective rules also require an 8 percent reduction in carbon emissions from new aerodynamic truck trailer designs. More

Carriers meet with Pan Am Games officials to talk traffic
Truck News
The Ontario Trucking Association held a meeting recently with Pan Am Games officials and carriers that are worried about how the Games will affect their businesses. It's expected the Games will bring increased congestion to the Toronto area's already congested roads. Some lanes on major highways such as the 401 will be converted to high-occupancy vehicle lanes.More

ICAO and International Transport Forum to co-operate on aviation issues
Canadian Shipper
The International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Transport Forum at the OECD will collaborate in working towards the sustainable development of air transport. A framework to engage in joint research and events as well as exchange of information and of staff was signed by both organisations recently in Montreal. The agreement identifies topics such as international air transport liberalisation, security and facilitation of travellers, or aviation infrastructure investment as areas for co-operation between ICAO and ITF. More

IATA: Sluggish air cargo growth continues
The International Air Transport Association released data for global air freight markets showing that growth continued to slow in May. Compared to May 2014, growth in freight tonne kilometers was 2.1 percent, the slowest rate this year and outpaced by a capacity expansion of 4.3 percent. On a year-to-date basis, freight volumes are up 4 percent on the previous year, but much of that growth was realized in the latter part of 2014.More

Sea-Tac working to grow air cargo business
The Port of Seattle says it has invested $23 million in two major projects to expand Sea-Tac International Airport's capacity to handle a growing amount of air freight. There is more concrete, better able to handle the new longer 747-8 freighters, particularly if that requires loading long loads from the raised front nose door. Those hard stands have direct electrical power to allow planes to plug in to ground power, saving fuel to keep running auxiliary power units on the plane.More

Multimodal freight bill introduced in US Senate
U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell, Cory Booker, Patty Murray and Edward Markey introduced legislation to establish a multimodal freight investment policy to keep America businesses, farmers and shippers competitive the 21st century global economy. The National Multimodal Freight Policy and Investment Act creates a comprehensive, strategic plan for multimodal freight investment and reduces freight bottlenecks and congestion by investing in the nation’s network of highways, railroads, ports and intermodal facilities. More