Posts Tagged ‘Bureau of Transportation Statistics’

Transborder Freight Value up in June

August 26, 2021

Transborder rail freight among the United States, Canada and Mexico in June was worth $16.4 billion, up 45.5 percent compared with June 2020 and up 3.4 percent compared with June 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

BTS said rail was the second-most used mode of freight transportation, moving 14.1 percent of all transborder freight by value in June.

Rail freight moved between the United States and Canada in June was worth $9.2 billion, representing 15.6 percent of all northern border freight.

Between the United States and Mexico, rail freight represented 12.6 percent of all southern border freight.

The top three rail commodities moved in June were vehicles other than rail, worth $6.2 billion; wood and articles, worth $1.6 billion; and mineral fuels, worth $1.3 billion.

Total North American transborder freight moved in June was worth $116 billion, up 41 percent compared to June 2020. The value of transborder freight in June was up 11.8 percent compared to $103.8 billion in June 2019.

Transportation Index Down 0.2% in June

August 14, 2021

The Freight Transportation Services Index declined  0.2 percent in June from May’s level of 136.9

It was the second consecutive month the index has fallen said the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

The index is based on the amount of goods carried by the for-hire freight transportation industry. On a year-over-year basis, the Freight TSI rose 5.6 percent.

BTS said in a news release that June’s index decreased on a month-over-month basis due to seasonally-adjusted decreases in rail carloads, rail intermodal volume and trucking shipments despite growth in water, air freight and pipeline transportation.

The June decrease took place against a background of growth for other indicators from May to June.

The May passenger index, which was recently released, showed an increase of 11.4 percent from April’s level. Rail, transit and air ridership all grew, BTS officials said.

Transborder Freight Value Up in May

July 24, 2021

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics said this week that during May the volume of freight moved by rail among the United States, Canada and Mexico in May was worth $15.9 billion.

That’s an increase of 90 percent when compared with May 2020, but a loss of 2.2 percent when compared with May 2019.

The value of transborder freight moved by rail in May rose 1.1 percent compared with April’s level.

Rail freight moved between the United States and Canada in May was worth $8.5 billion, up 146.4 percent compared with May 2020. Rail freight moved between the United States and Mexico in May was worth $7.5 billion, up 263.8 percent year over year.

The top three commodities moved by rail were motor vehicles and parts, worth $5.7 billion; wood and articles, worth $1.6 billion; and mineral fuels, worth $1.3 billion.

Total transborder freight moved by all modes in May was worth $108.6 billion, up 93.8 percent compared to May 2020 but 1 percent below May 2019’s level.

Value of Transborder Freight Rose in December

March 4, 2021

The value of transborder freight moving by rail among the United States, Canada and Mexico increased 1.6 percent to $14.1 billion worth of goods in December 2020 compared with November 2020 the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported.

In a news release, BTS said that on a year-over-year basis, freight moved by rail in December decreased 2 percent in value.

The value of freight moved by all modes of transportation in December totaled $96.8 billion, an increase of 0.9 percent compared to the previous month and a gain of 0.4 percent compared  to the same month in 2019.

Rail was the second-most-used mode in December as measured by value, accounting for 14.6 percent of all transborder freight.

In December, $7.4 billion worth of freight was moved by rail between the United States and Canada, up 1.9 percent compared with the previous month but a decline of 7.4 percent compared with the same month in 2019.

The value of freight moving between the U.S. and Mexico was $6.8 billion, up 1.3 percent compared with the previous month and up 4.7 percent compared with December 2019.

Transborder Freight Dropped 3.7% in November

January 30, 2021

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics said this week that the value of transborder freight moved by rail among the United States, Canada and Mexico decreased 3.7 percent to $13.9 billion worth of goods last November.

The comparison was with October 2020. On a year-over-year comparison, freight moved by rail in November 2020 was 0.8 percent less than in November 2012.

The value of freight moved by all modes of transportation among the three nations in November totaled $95.9 billion, down 6.1 percent compared with October and 3.2 percent compared with November 2019.

Rail was the second-most used mode in November as measured by value, making up 14.5 percent of all transborder freight.

In November, $7.2 billion worth of freight was moved by rail between the United States and Canada, down 5 percent compared with October but up 0.9 percent compared with the same month in 2019.

Between the U.S. and Mexico $6.7 billion worth of freight moved by rail, which was down 2.3 percent compared with October and down 2.5 percent compared with November 2019.

Transborder Freight Up 5% in October

January 12, 2021

Transborder freight moved by rail between the United States, Canada and Mexico rose 5 percent to $14.5 billion worth of goods in October 2020 compared with September 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported last week.

BTS said on a year-over-year basis, freight moved by rail in October fell 0.4 percent.

Freight moved by all modes of transportation among the three nations rose 5.8 percent to $102.1 billion worth of goods in October compared with September, but fell 4.7 percent in a year-over-year comparison.

Rail was the second-most used mode in October making up 14.2 percent of all transborder freight.

During October $7.6 billion worth of freight moved by rail between the United States and Canada, up 2 percent compared with September but down 3.6 percent year over year.

Between the United States and Mexico, $6.8 billion worth of freight was moved by rail in October, up 8.5 percent in September and 3.4 percent year over year.

Transborder Freight Declined in September

November 27, 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported this week transborder freight moved by rail between the United States and Canada and Mexico fell 6.9 percent to $13.8 billion worth of goods in September compared with September 2019.

Freight moving by rail dropped 0.3 percent between August and September.

Freight moved by all modes of transportation between the three nations rose 3.2 percent to $96.4 billion worth of goods in September compared with August’s level, but was down 4.9 percent compared with September 2019’s level.

Rail was the second-most used mode in September. Trucks were the most-used mode, moving $63.5 billion worth of goods in September, up 4.3 percent from August’s level but down 0.8 percent year over year.

More Tank Cars Now Meet Federal Standards

September 26, 2020

A report released this week concludes that 48 percent of railroad tank cars that carried Class 3 flammable liquids in 2019 met the new federal safety requirements, up from 33 percent in 2018.

The report released by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics tracks the transformation of the fleet carrying Class 3 flammable liquids to be a fleet of DOT-117s, which meet new safety requirements.

In a news release, BTS said some Class 3 flammable liquids are carried in tank cars, such as DOT-111s that have fewer safety features.

DOT-117 compliant tank cars now make up 73 percent of the tank car fleet, up from 46 percent in 2018.

BTS said DOT-111 tank cars, which lack jackets and do not meet the new safety standards, have not carried crude oil since 2016 and the percentage of all other tank car types carrying crude oil dropped from 66 percent in 2017 to 28 percent in 2019, BTS officials said.

Federal law mandated that railroads stop carrying crude oil in DOT-111 tank cars starting in 2018.

The BTS report described the progress of tank car safety upgrades from 2013 through 2019 by tank car type and type of flammable liquid. Class 3 flammable liquids most commonly include crude oil, ethanol and refined petroleum products.

Trans-border Freight Fell in June

August 27, 2020

Trans-border freight the United States and Canada and Mexico fell 20.9 percent to $82.1 billion worth of goods in June compared with June 2019 levels the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics said this week.

The figure represents freight moving by all modes of transportation.

Rail was the second-most used mode, handling $11.2 billion worth of goods during the month.

That figure was a decline of 29 percent on a year-over-year basis.

The bureau said rail represented 13.7 percent of all trans-border freight moved in June.

Compared with May, the $82.1 billion worth of goods moved by all modes rose 46.3 percent in June. For rail, the increase was 105 percent.

Year over year, freight moved by rail between the United States and Canada plunged 33.5 percent to $5.7 billion worth of goods in June.

Freight moved by rail between the United States and Mexico fell 23.6 percent to $5.6 billion worth of goods.

The top three rail commodities were motor vehicles and parts, worth $5.6 billion; computers and parts, worth $600 million; and plastics, worth $600 million.

Those top three commodities represented 60.7 percent of the total trans-border freight moved by rail.

Transborder Freight was Up in February

April 23, 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics said this week that transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation between the United States, Canada and Mexico rose 1.9 percent to a value of $95.9 billion worth of goods in February compared with February 2019 levels.

Railroad transportation was the second-most used mode, moving $14.4 billion worth of freight during February, a 10.3 percent increase compared with the same period a year ago.

Year over year, freight moved by rail between the United States and Canada rose 2.9 percent to $7.3 billion worth of goods.

Freight moved by rail between the United States and Mexico rose 19.3 percent to $7 billion worth of goods.

In a news release BTS said the U.S.-Mexico rail increase was driven by a 29.6 percent increase in imports of vehicles other than railway. Non-railway vehicles are 76.9 percent of imports by rail from Mexico.

Freight moved by rail in February represented 15 percent of all transborder freight during moved during the month.