Rail Traffic Slump Continued Last Week

Rail freight traffic continued to slump last week the Association of American Railroads said on Wednesday.

For the week ending July 25 weekly rail traffic was 481,331 carloads and intermodal units, down 9.9 percent compared with the same week in 2019.

Total carloads were 215,171 carloads, down 17.8 percent compared while intermodal volume was 266,160 containers and trailers, down 2.4 percent compared with 2019.

Just one the 10 carload commodity groups tracked by AAR posted a weekly gain.

That was farm products excluding grain, and food, which was up 218 carloads, to 16,406.

Commodities that posted declines compared with the same week in 2019 included coal, down 23,517 carloads to 57,769; metallic ores and metals, down 8,690 carloads, to 15,464; and nonmetallic minerals, down 7,369 carloads, to 30,946.

For the first 30 weeks of 2020, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,332,339 carloads, down 16.1 percent from the same point last year; and 7,217,246 intermodal units, down 9.4 percent from last year.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 30 weeks of 2020 was 13,549,585 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 12.7 percent compared to last year.

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