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Rail Freight Traffic Continued to Show Gains

June 17, 2021

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.  

Rail Traffic Down Over Recent Weeks

June 10, 2021

U.S. rail freight traffic last week was down 7 percent from the previous four weeks of this year.

The Association of American Railroads said that for the week ending June 5, 2021, railroads handled 489,144 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 12.9 percent from the same point in 2020.

Total carloads for the week were 227,497, rising 18.1 percent over the same week in 2020. Intermodal volume was 261,647 containers and trailers, an 8.7 percent increase.

AAR continued to note that percentage changes for some rail traffic categories are “inflated.” This is due to the widespread pandemic-related “shutdowns—and subsequent large reduction in rail volumes—that impacted many economic sectors last year at this time.”

Nine of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2020.

They included coal, up 16,326 carloads, to 65,101; metallic ores and metals, up 9,915 carloads, to 23,332; and chemicals, up 4,711 carloads, to 32,602.

Losing ground was nonmetallic minerals, which fell 892 carloads, to 29,220.

For the first 22 weeks of 2021, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,054,790 carloads, an increase of 7.8 percent compared with the same period in 2020.

They handled 6,206,969 intermodal units, a gain of 18.7 percent over 2020.

Total combined traffic for the first 22 weeks of this year was 11,261,759 carloads and intermodal units, a 13.5 percent increase over 2020.

Intermodal Traffic Continues Record Gains

June 3, 2021

Intermodal traffic last month was robust enough to set a record, the Association of American Railroads said on Wednesday.

In releasing U.S. rail freight traffic statistics for May, AAR said intermodal had the “best January to May period ever.”

AAR said total carloads for the month “were the most for any month since October 2019 on a weekly average basis,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray.

U.S. railroads originated 964,356 carloads in May 2021, a 30.4 percent gain, or 224,623 carloads when compared with May 2020.

They originated 1,151,824 containers and trailers, an increase of 26.2 percent, or 238,927 units. During May carload and intermodal traffic combined totaled 2,116,180, up 28 percent, or 463,550 carloads.

Gray described U.S. rail volumes for May as “encouraging.” Of the 20 carload categories AAR tracks each month, 12 had gains over May 2019 and 18 had gains over May 2020.

These included coal, up 77,228 carloads or 41.7 percent; motor vehicles and parts, up 34,021 carloads or 206.5 percent; and chemicals, up 23,368 carloads or 20.8 percent.

Commodities that lost ground in May 2021 included: farm products excluding grain, down 166 carloads or 4.9 percent; and primary forest products, down 67 carloads or 1.7 percent.

Excluding coal, carloads were up by 147,395, or 26.6 percent. Excluding coal and grain, carloads were up by 131,319, or 28 percent.

Total U.S. carload traffic for the first five months of 2021 was 4,827,293 carloads, up 7.3 percent, or 329,416 carloads, from the same point last year; and 5,945,322 intermodal units, up 19.2 percent, or 957,198 containers and trailers.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 21 weeks of the year was 10,772,615 carloads and intermodal units, a 13.6 percent boost compared with 2020.

“Railroads hope to build on these gains in the months ahead as they help the economy return to strong, sustainable growth,” Gray said.

Rail Freight Continued ‘Inflated’ Increases

May 27, 2021

U.S. rail freight For the week ending May 22 totaled 528,774 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 23.4 percent compared with the same week in 2020, the Association of American Railroads said.

Total carloads were 242,227, a 27.2 percent increase while intermodal volume was 286,547 containers and trailers, a 20.4 percent jump.

AAR noted that some percentage changes are inflated because of the widespread 2020 shutdowns and subsequent large reduction in rail volumes that affected some economic sectors.

All 10 carload commodity groups posted gains when compared with the same week in 2020. They included coal, up 17,877 carloads, to 64,641; motor vehicles and parts, up 8,887 carloads, to 13,763; and metallic ores and metals, up 8,697 carloads, to 23,516.

For the first 20 weeks of 2021, U.S. railroads reported a cumulative volume of 4,583,989 carloads, a gain of 6.2 percent; and 5,658,401 intermodal units, a rise of 18.6 percent from last year.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 20 weeks of 2021 was 10,242,390 carloads and intermodal units, a 12.7 percent increase from 2020.

Freight Traffic Continued Double Digit Gains

May 20, 2021

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.

Intermodal Traffic Continues Double Digit Climb

May 14, 2021

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.

Rail Freight Up 29.1% in April

May 6, 2021

The Association of American Railroads said this week that some rail freight traffic that lost volume during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has now “completely recovered.”

AAR Senior Vice President John Gray said in a statement that some other commodities are close to recovering lost ground.

“For example, April set a new all-time record for intermodal, driven by surging international trade and strong consumer spending,” Gray said.

“Meanwhile, carloads of grain, food, lumber, paper, scrap metal and several other categories were higher in April 2021 than they were in both April 2020 and in April 2019. Carloads of chemicals and steel in April 2021 were much higher than last year and just shy of April 2019 levels.”

Combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations in April were 2,125,792, up 29.1 percent, or 478,818 carloads and intermodal units compared with April 2020,

Seventeen of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month saw carload gains compared with April 2020. 

These included coal, up 55,929 carloads or 28.7 percent; motor vehicles and parts, up 38,891 carloads or 465.9 percent; and chemicals, up 17,201 carloads or 14.8 percent.

Declines were seen by crushed stone, sand & gravel, down 823 carloads or 1 percent; primary forest products, down 124 carloads or 2.9 percent; and farm products excluding grain, down 74 carloads or 1.9 percent.

Excluding coal, carloads were up 126,131 carloads, or 21.9 percent, last month versus the same month in 2020. Excluding coal and grain, carloads were up 109,124 carloads, or 22.4 percent.

Total U.S. carload traffic for the first four months of 2021 was 3,862,937 carloads, up 2.8 percent, or 104,793 carloads, from the same period last year; and 4,793,498 intermodal units, up 17.6 percent, or 718,271 containers and trailers.

Freight Traffic Continues Double-Digit Gains

April 29, 2021

U.S. rail freight traffic was up during the week ending April 24 with intermodal showing a whopping double-digit percent gain.

Of course all weekly traffic figures for the next several weeks come with a footnote, namely that they are inflated when compared to a year ago because in 2020 the economy fell into recession in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic and freight traffic fell with it.

Nonetheless, the Association of American Railroads said the largest monthly gain ever for intermodal came in March 2021 when it rose 24 percent over March 2020. Thus far in April there have been two weeks of 28 percent gains.

For the week ending April 24 total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 538,184 carloads and intermodal units, a 30 percent increase over the same week last year.

Total carloads were 240,075 and intermodal was 298,109 containers and trailers, increasing 25 percent and 34.3 percent, respectively, over the same point in 2020.

All 10 carload commodity groups saw increases last week when compared to 2020.

They included coal, up 16,126 carloads, to 64,252; motor vehicles and parts, up 9,067 carloads, to 11,302; and chemicals, up 6,759 carloads, to 34,843.

For the first 16 weeks of 2021, the cumulative volume has been carloads, up 1.5 percent from the same period in 2020; and 4,493,689 intermodal units, up 16.8 percent from last year.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 16 weeks of 2021 was 8,115,768 carloads and intermodal units, up 9.4 percent.

Rail Freight Continued ‘Inflated’ Gains Last Week

April 21, 2021

U.S. rail freight traffic for the week ending April 17 was up 32.2 percent when compared to the same week in 2020.

The Association of American Railroads said railroads last week hauled 533,217 carloads and intermodal units.

Those broke down to 237,607 carloads and 295,610 intermodal units, an increase of 25.2 percent and 38.3 percent respectively over the same week last year.

It was the fifth consecutive week, AAR said, that the percentage changes for some rail traffic categories were “inflated” due to pandemic-related “shutdowns—and subsequent large reduction in rail volumes—that affected many economic sectors last year at this time.”

Nine of the 10 carload commodity groups saw gains compared with the same week in 2020. This included coal, up 13,166 carloads, to 61,600; motor vehicles and parts, up 10,606 carloads, to 12,549; and metallic ores and metals, up 7,533 carloads, to 24,803.

Losing ground last week was petroleum and petroleum products, down 120 carloads, to 10,829.

For the first 15 weeks of 2021, U.S. railroads have handled a cumulative volume of 3,382,004 carloads for the first 15 weeks of 2021.

This is up 0.2 percent from the comparable 2020 period.

The traffic breakdown for 2021 includes 4,195,580 intermodal units for the first 15 weeks of the year, a 15.7 percent increase from 2020.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the period was 7,577,584 carloads and intermodal units, rising 8.2 percent compared with last year.

Rail Freight Traffic Up 24.5% Last Week

April 15, 2021

Rail freight traffic for the week ending April 10 was up 24.5 percent over the same week in 2020 the Association of American Railroads reported.

Railroads handled 513,724 carloads and intermodal units for the week. That included 233,300 carloads, a 17.4 percent increase.

Intermodal volume was 280,424 containers and trailers, a 31.2 percent increase.

 “For some rail traffic categories, percentage changes for the current week compared with the same week in 2020 are inflated because of the widespread shutdowns—and subsequent large reduction in rail volumes—that impacted many economic sectors last year at this time,” AAR said in its report.

Nine of the 10 carload commodity groups saw gains compared with the same week in 2020.

These included motor vehicles and parts, up 9,854 carloads, to 12,044; coal, up 9,543 carloads, to 62,136; and chemicals, up 4,984 carloads, to 33,988. One commodity group posted a decline vs. the same week in 2020: nonmetallic minerals, down 271 carloads, to 31,319.

For the first 14 weeks of this year, railroads reported had a cumulative volume of 3,144,397 carloads, falling 1.3 percent from the same point last year; and 3,899,970 intermodal units, rising 14.3 percent from 2020.

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 14 weeks was 7,044,367 carloads and intermodal units, a 6.8 percent increase.