Intermodal has its fifth-best week ever
July 5, 2012
U.S. railroad’s intermodal volume for the week ended June 30 totaled 253,497 trailers and containers, up 7% compared with the same week last year and the fifth highest-volume intermodal week ever, according to the latest figures from the Association of American Railroads. Carload volume totaled was 278,634, down 2.5%.
Nine of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, including petroleum products, up 51.8%; motor vehicles and equipment, up 18.5%; and lumber and wood products, up 11.9%. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included grain, down 16.6%; and farm products excluding grain, down 16.8%.
Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 10% compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was up 2.7% compared with the same week in 2011.
For the first 26 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 7,324,818 carloads, down 2.9 percent from the same point last year, and 6,049,730 trailers and containers, up 3.3 percent from last year.
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