Weekly intermodal volume up 4.8%
June 28, 2012
U.S. railroads’ intermodal volume for the week ended June 23 totaled 246,128 trailers and containers, up 4.8% from the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported. Railroads originated 288,730 carloads, up 1.4%. For the first 25 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,796,233 trailers and containers, up 3.2% from last year, and 7,046,184 carloads, down 2.9%.
Eleven of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, including petroleum products, up 51.4%; motor vehicles and equipment, up 27.8%; and lumber and wood products, up 17.1%. Groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ore, down 29.3%; and iron and steel scrap, down 14.2%.
Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was even compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was up 2.3% compared with the same week in 2011.
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