Rail Freight Traffic Continued to Show Gains

The Association of American Railroads reported Wednesday that U.S. rail freight for the week ending June 12 was 241,628 carloads, an increase of 21.8 percent compared with the same week in 2020.

The railroads hauled 288,007 containers and trailers, a 14.8 percent increase. Total U.S. rail traffic for the week was 529,635 carloads and intermodal units, up 17.9 percent vs. 2020.

AAR said all 10 commodity groups posted gains in traffic compared with last year.

They included coal, up 19,229 carloads, to 69,263; metallic ores and metals, up 8,242 carloads, to 22,789; and chemicals, up 5,489 carloads, to 32,967.

For the first 23 weeks of 2021, U.S. cumulative freight volume was 5,296,418 carloads, an 8.3 percent increase, and 6,494,976 intermodal units, an 18.5 percent rise over last year.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 23 weeks was 11,791,394 carloads and intermodal units, a 13.7 percent boost from 2020.  

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