Freight Traffic Last Week Nearly the Same as Previous Year

The Association of American Railroads said U.S. freight traffic for the week ending Feb. 13 was comparable with the same week in 2020.

Traffic came in at 480,483 carloads and intermodal units, a 0.3 percent increase vs. the same week last year.

The week’s intermodal volume of 269,063 containers and trailers was up 6.9 percent while carloads of 211,420 were down 7 percent.

Four of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked by the AAR posted an increase compared with the same week in 2020, including: grain, up 4,548 carloads, to 22,823; chemicals, up 785 carloads, to 33,255; and forest products, up 727 carloads, to 10,297.

Commodity groups that saw declines included: coal, down 8,554 carloads, to 54,496; nonmetallic minerals, down 5,450 carloads, to 22,933; and motor vehicles and parts, down 3,631 carloads, to 13,972.

For the first six weeks of 2021, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,368,116 carloads, falling 2.9 percent from the comparable period last year; and 1,711,705 intermodal units, increasing 10.3 percent from last year.

Total combined U.S. traffic was 3,079,821 carloads and intermodal units, a 4 percent increase compared with 2020.

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