Freight Traffic Continued Double Digit Gains

Double digit gains were again the norm last week for U.S. freight railroads.

The Association of American Railroads said that for the week ending May 19 that railroads posted gains of 31.6 percent and 25.6 percent for carload and intermodal traffic respectively.

They handled 242,806 carloads and 291,066 intermodal containers and trailers for the week.

Total weekly rail traffic was 533,872, up 28.3 percent when compared to the same week in 2020.

All 10 carload commodity groups showed gains when compared with 2020 figures.

They included coal, up 22,374 carloads, to 68,327; motor vehicles and parts, up 9,598 carloads, to 12,466; and metallic ores and metals, up 9,592 carloads, to 23,686.

For the first 19 weeks of 2021, U.S. railroads have handled a cumulative volume of 4,341,762 carloads, up 5.2 percent and 5,371,854 intermodal units, up 18.5 percent.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 19 weeks of the year was 9,713,616 carloads and intermodal units, rising 12.1 percent over last year.

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