Weekly intermodal volume up 4.1%
June 7, 2012
U.S. railroads’ intermodal volume for the week ended June 2 totaled 213,911 trailers and containers, up 4.1% compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported. U.S. railroads originated 265,207 carloads, down 3.1%. For the first 22 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,053,708 trailers and containers, up 2.9% from the same 2011 period, and 6,184,547 carloads, down 3.1%.
Eleven of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, including petroleum products, up 48.8%; motor vehicles and equipment, up 18.7%; and iron and steel scrap, up 16.2%. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included coal, down 11.2%, and farm products excluding grain, down 9.5%.
Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 4.8% compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 1.9%.
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