Rail Traffic Continues Decline But Shows Some Easing

Statistics released this week by the Association of American Railroad shows that rail freight traffic last week was down 15.6 percent from the same week in 2019.

AAR said for the week ending June 6 that railroads handled 433,171 carloads and intermodal units.

Total carloads for the week were 192,494, down 22 percent compared with the same week in 2019, while intermodal volume was 240,677 containers and trailers, down 9.6 percent.

None of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked by AAR posted an increase compared with the same week in 2019.

Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2019 included commodities such as coal, down 22,981 carloads, to 48,689; metallic ores and metals, down 9,054 carloads, to 13,393; and motor vehicles and parts, down 6,386 carloads, to 9,365.

For the first 23 weeks of 2020, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 4,906,251 carloads, down 15.1 percent from the same point last year; and 5,427,307 intermodal units, down 11.2 percent from last year.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 23 weeks of 2020 was 10,333,558 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 13.1 percent compared to last year.

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