Intermodal Traffic Continues Double Digit Climb

Intermodal volume continued to boom during the week ending May 8.

The Association of American Railroads said railroads handled 287,290 containers and trailers during the week, a 26.3 percent increase over the same week in 2020.

Total carloads for the week ending were 236,019, a 27.6 percent increase over the prior-year period.

The weekly total rail traffic was 523,309 carloads and intermodal units, up 26.9 percent compared with the same point in 2020.

All 10 carload commodity groups tracked by the AAR saw increases

These included coal, up 16,361 carloads, to 62,675; metallic ores and metals, up 9,925 carloads, to 23,543; and motor vehicles and parts, up 9,221 carloads, to 11,327.

For the first 18 weeks of this year, railroads reported cumulative volume of 4,098,956 carloads, increasing 4 percent when compared to the same period last year.

They handled during the 18-week period 5,080,788 intermodal units, an increase of 18.1 percent over last year.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 18 weeks of 2021 was 9,179,744 carloads and intermodal units, up 11.3 percent compared with 2020.

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