Intermodal Continued its Hot Streak

Intermodal continued to lead the way in the latest weekly U.S. rail freight statistics released by the Association of American Railroads.

For the week ending Dec. 26 intermodal traffic rose 20.8 percent. AAR said the railroads last week handled 220,082 containers and trailers.

At the same time, the carriers moved 185,029 carloads for the week, a decline of 3.4 percent compare with the same week in 2019.

Bolstered by intermodal, total carload and intermodal traffic was 405,111 units, an increase of 8.4 percent.

Four individual carload commodities posted gains led by grain, which was up 40.2 percent while motor vehicles and parts rose 19.2 percent.

Coal fell by 9,611 carloads to 50,742; metallic ores and metals were down 1,589 carloads to 18,330, and chemicals were down 1,394 carloads to 27,479.

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