Intermodal Continued Growth Pattern

Intermodal traffic continued to be up but total rail freight traffic was down for the week ending Aug. 22.

AAR said U.S. railroads moved 285,086 containers and trailers during the period, a 5 percent increased compared to the same week in 2019.

It was the third consecutive week that intermodal traffic has bested 2019 weekly levels.

Total weekly rail traffic was 514,914 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.3 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads fell 12 percent compared with the same week in 2019.

Two of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2019.

Grain was up 1,489 carloads, to 22,530 while and farm products excluding grain, and food, was up 705 carloads, to 15,951.

Posting declines for the week were coal, down 16,929 carloads, to 64,500; nonmetallic minerals, down 8,464 carloads, to 30,294; and metallic ores and metals, down 2,467 carloads, to 18,981.

For the first 34 weeks of 2020, U.S. railroads handled cumulative volume of 7,222,554 carloads, down 16 percent from the same point last year.

Intermodal units were down 8 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the period was 15,550,427 carloads and intermodal units, a fall of 11.9 percent compared with last year.

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