Intermodal Volume Still Growing

Intermodal traffic continued to grow last week, the Association of American Railroad reported.

For the week ending Sept. 5, intermodal volume was up 25 percent compared to the same week in 2019.

However, the carload traffic continued to lag behind its 2019 figures.

AAR said total rail traffic was 509,637 carloads and intermodal units, up 8.6 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads were 222,298, down 6.9 percent compared with the same week in 2019.

Intermodal volume was 287,339 containers and trailers, up 24.8 percent.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups AAR tracks showed gains. These included grain, up 5,630 carloads, to 23,003; motor vehicles and parts, up 1,729 carloads, to 16,296; and miscellaneous carloads, up 1,306 carloads, to 10,038.

Posting declines were coal, down 18,495 carloads, to 60,842; nonmetallic minerals, down 3,159 carloads, to 29,585; and metallic ores and metals, down 2,396 carloads, to 17,634.

For the first 36 weeks of 2020, the cumulative volume of 7,670,555 carloads is down 15.8 percent from the same point last year; and 8,897,816 intermodal units, down 6.9 percent from last year.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 36 weeks of 2020 was 16,568,371 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 11.3 percent compared with last year.

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