Intermodal Continues to Show Growth

U.S. rail freight for the week ending Nov. 21 continued to follow its now established pattern.

Intermodal volume bolstered overall traffic while carload traffic remains down.

However, the Association of American Railroads said the year-to-date gap between 2019 and 2020 levels is closing.

Total traffic was 534,607 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 2.5 percent when compared with the same week in 2019.

Railroads handled 301,129 intermodal units an increase of 11.5 percent. The 233,478 total carloads is a 7.2 percent decrease.

Three commodity categories gained volume including grain, which rose 13.4 percent.

Four of the seven categories fell more than 12 percent.

The cumulative total of 22,268,906 carloads and intermodal units is an 8.5 percent decrease compared with 2019,

However, two weeks ago the gap with 2019 volumes was 9.1 percent. Carload traffic is running 14 percent below 2019 while intermodal units are down 3.4 percent.

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