U.S. Freight Traffic Down 3% Last Week

U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Sept. 4 was down 3 percent compared to the same week in 2020.

The Association of American Railroads said Class 1 railroads handled 494,415 carloads and intermodal units.

The broke down to 228,203 carloads, up 2.6 percent compared with 2020 and 266,212 containers and trailers, down 7.3 percent.

It was the fifth consecutive week that intermodal traffic lagged behind corresponding levels for the same weeks in 2020.

Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked saw increases compared with 2020.

They included coal, up 5,824 carloads, to 66,950; metallic ores and metals, up 5,151 carloads, to 22,768; and nonmetallic minerals, up 2,680 carloads, to 32,281.

Posting losses were grain, down 6,211 carloads, to 16,711; motor vehicles and parts, down 3,866 carloads, to 12,421; and farm products excluding grain, and food, down 5 carloads, to 15,342.

For the first 35 weeks of 2021, total traffic (carload and intermodal) was up 10.3 percent compared to the same time last year.

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