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  • LONDON, March 17- Demand for oil is intimately connected to the demand for transportation in the United States and the other advanced industrial economies. Cars, trucks, airlines, railways and shipping accounted for 71 percent of total U.S. oil consumption in 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Petroleum-derived fuels, including...

  • WASHINGTON, March 13- Rail operators are going to great lengths to prevent oil train derailments but the energy sector must do more to prevent accidents from becoming fiery disasters, the leading U.S. rail regulator said on Friday. Several of those shipments originated from North Dakota's Bakken energy fields. Sarah Feinberg, acting head of the Federal...

  • WASHINGTON, March 13- Rail operators are going to great lengths to prevent oil train derailments but the energy sector must do more to prevent accidents from becoming fiery disasters, the leading U.S. rail regulator said on Friday. Those shipments all originated from North Dakota's Bakken energy fields. Sarah Feinberg, acting head of the Federal Railroad...

  • Canada: Even the newest oil tank cars are outdated Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 7:33 PM ET

    The Canadian government unveiled tougher new proposed oil tank car standards.

  • NEW YORK, March 11- Stung by customer backlash over last winter's patchy service, Berkshire Hathaway's BNSF Railways invested billions in shoring up its operations. "BNSF disappointed many of its customers," Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett said in a letter to shareholders last month about last year's performance of one of North America's top railroads.

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- The U.S. rail industry is pushing the White House to drop a requirement that oil trains adopt an advanced braking system, a cornerstone of a national safety plan that will soon govern shipments of crude across the country. Representatives of large rail operators met with White House officials last week to argue against the need for...

  • WASHINGTON, March 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ducked a major ruling on whether Amtrak, the government-owned passenger rail company, wields too much clout in setting regulations that private freight carriers also must follow. Kennedy wrote that the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was based on the "flawed premise" that...

  • WASHINGTON, March 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ducked a ruling on whether Amtrak, the government-owned passenger rail company, wields too much clout in setting regulations that private freight carriers also must follow. The case was brought by the Association of American Railroads, which had challenged a federal law that gives Amtrak a key role in setting...

  • Lower coal revs hit Norfolk Southern profit Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 1:24 PM ET
    A file photo of a Norfolk Southern freight train.

    Norfolk Southern expects a solid U.S. economy to boost its business in 2015 but said it was too early to gauge the impact of lower energy prices.

  • CSX profit up, expects double-digit growth in 2015 Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 10:51 AM ET
    CSX freight lines run through center city Philadelphia

    CSX reported a higher profit and said it expected a strong increase in its freight business and double-digit earnings growth during 2015.

  • Carl Icahn raises stake in car rental company Hertz Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET
    Carl Icahn

    Activist investor Carl Icahn raised his stake in U.S. car rental company Hertz Global Holdings Inc to 10.77 percent from 8.48 percent.

  • Amtrak will operate through Thanksgiving storm: CEO Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:24 PM ET
    File photo: An Amtrak worker walks along the tracks after checking for debris beneath the train

    Amtrak plans to move holiday travelers through a snowstorm forecast to hit the East Coast, but the system needs investment badly, said its CEO, Joseph Boardman.

  • CSX beats, citing U.S. economy for freight boost Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 5:17 PM ET
    CSX freight lines run through center city Philadelphia

    CHICAGO, Oct 14- No. 3 U.S. railroad CSX Corp on Tuesday reported a rise in third-quarter profit, beating forecasts and predicting double-digit growth for 2015 as it moved more freight on its network due to a growing U.S. economy. CSX reported earnings per share of 51 cents, up from 45 cents a year ago and beating the 48 cents expected by Wall Street analysts.

  • Check on road & rail stocks Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 1:48 PM ET
    Check on road & rail stocks

    Up until today, transportation stocks had been showing signs of strength. CNBC's Dominic Chu reports the road and rail group is still one of the best performing in the S&P this month, and provides insight to trucking and transport company Ryder System.

  • Are grain farmers losing to oil for rail service? Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 12:01 PM ET
    Grain elevators and freight train

    A record harvest will likely cause financial hardships on grain farmers due to a lack of rail service. Some point the finger at the oil industry for the problem.

  • Siemens to build trains in US for private railway Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 5:58 PM ET
    At the Siemens plant in Sacramento, Calif., Michael Cahill of Siemens and Myles Tobin of All Aboard Florida tour a locomotive under construction.

    Plans are advancing for a private high-speed luxury railway in Florida by the end of 2016.

  • This sector is a hot investment right now: Analyst Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 3:53 PM ET
    A refrigerated railcar sits on the production line at the Greenbrier plant in Portland, Ore.

    These rail stocks are transportation analyst Sal Vitale's top picks. Find out why he thinks they still have room to run.

  • Truckers strike at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 6:11 AM ET
    The Port of Los Angeles

    Drivers in a labor dispute with three trucking companies at the ports of LA and Long Beach began an indefinite strike Monday.

  • Avoiding traffic jams: TomTom Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 4:40 AM ET
    Avoiding traffic jams: TomTom

    Nick Cohn, global traffic congestion expert at TomTom, discusses traffic congestion and how drivers could save a lot of time by using live traffic data.

  • CNBC.com hot list: 2,000 too many? Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 4:48 PM ET
    CNBC.com hot list: 2,000 too many?

    CNBC.com Managing Editor Allen Wastler reports a big market correction; the entitlement program and a French rail company ordering 2,000 trains too wide for platforms are the hottest topics among CNBC.com readers.