Tratics Rail Rate Blog

Optimizing Freight Shipping with Tratics: Rail vs. Truck Comparison

Transporting dry and liquid commodities happens in the form of truck, rail, barge, ocean, and pipeline shipping options. While some shippers benefit from the significant cost savings of barge, ocean, and pipeline transport, these modes are limited in their geographic reach. The majority of shippers rely on trucks, rail, or a combination of the two. At Tratics, we understand the intricacies of these transportation modes and aim to help you optimize your shipping strategy to minimize your shipping costs.

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The STB’s finalizes the new Reciprocal Switching Rules

At the end of April, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued the final Rule on new procedures and requirements for prescribed reciprocal switching for rail shippers. The STB's decision to implement reciprocal switching agreements aims to enhance rail service quality. Several Class I railroads have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to review the STB’s decision.

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A Decade in Review: The Evolving Landscape of Railroad Safety

As we continue our exploration of freight railroad transportation safety in the United States, we want to take a step back and review the last decade. This period has been significant in terms of advancements, challenges, and overall progress in railroad safety.

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Innovating and Overcoming Challenges: The Future of Freight Railroad Safety

This is the third blog from our series on freight railroad transportation safety in the U.S. Today, we discuss two critical aspects of railroad safety: the innovative technologies driving safety forward and the ongoing challenges and developments shaping the future of this sector.

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Safety Regulations for Railroads: The Role of the FRA and Other Agencies

In our new post, we introduce the role of various agencies, led by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), to ensure the safety of railroads across the U.S.

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An Introduction to Railroad Transportation Safety in the US

Railroad safety is crucial for the well-being of railroads, shippers, and the communities they connect. In this blog, we'll explore the factors contributing to safety, including training, regulation, and technology. Join us as we delve into the intricacies of railroad safety and its impact on the transportation industry.

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Tratics and Kontango Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance Commodities Supply Chain

Tratics LLC (“Tratics”), a leader in rail pricing transparency software for North American rail shippers, is excited to announce a strategic partnership with Kontango, Inc. (“Kontango”), a pioneer in optimizing supply chains in chemicals and other underserved commodity markets.

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The Future of Rail Freight in North America: Embracing Innovation and Sustainability (Part 4 of 4)

The rail freight industry in North America is undergoing a significant transformation, fueled by advancements in technology, shifting market dynamics, and a growing emphasis on environmental sustainability. In this blog post, we will delve into the key trends shaping the future of rail freight and explore how digitalization, intermodal integration, sustainable practices, infrastructure investment, and collaboration are driving this evolution.

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Innovations in Sustainability by Railroads in North America (Part 3 of 4)

Environmental sustainability has become a top priority for our society. As the demand for sustainable transportation continues to grow, railroads are actively seeking innovative solutions to continue to reduce their environmental impact. In this blog, we will explore the latest advancements and initiatives that contribute to the sustainability of shipping freight by rail.

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Rail Freight Technology Advancements in North America (Part 2 of 4)

The rail freight industry in North America continues to develop new technologies to enhance efficiency, safety, and sustainability. In this article, we'll explore some of the latest innovations and technologies in rail freight operations.

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