Freight Traffic Continued to Lag Last Week

U.S. rail freight traffic continued to lag during the week ending June 20 with none of the carload commodities tracked by the Association of American Railroads reporting any gains in comparison with the same week in 2019.

AAR said for the week railroads handled 457,278 carloads and intermodal units, down 12.9 percent compared with the same week in 2019.

Total carloads were 201,823, down 21.8 percent compared with last year. Weekly intermodal volume was 255,455 containers and trailers, down 4.4 percent.

Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2019 included coal, down 26,340 carloads, to 52,392; metallic ores and metals, down 8,176 carloads, to 14,459; and nonmetallic minerals, down 6,839 carloads, to 29,478.

For the first 25 weeks of 2020, U.S. railroads have handled cumulative volume of 5,306,511 carloads, down 15.7 percent from the same point last year; and 5,933,616 intermodal units, down 10.8 percent from last year.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 25 weeks of 2020 was 11,240,127 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 13.2 percent compared with last year.

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