Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


AAR reports mixed volumes for week ending September 8

By Staff
September 14, 2012

Rail carload and intermodal volumes were mixed for the week ending September 8, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carload volume—at 272,301—was down 2.3 percent annually and below the week ending September 1, which hit 292,732 and the week ending August 25 at 297,402. Eastern carloads were down 4 percent annually, and out west carloads were down 1.2 percent.

Intermodal volumes—at 214,517 trailers and containers—were up 3.1 percent compared to the same week last year and below the week ending September 1 at 249,113 and the week ending August 25 at 248,364.

Of the 20 commodity groups tracked by the AAR, 11 were up annually. Petroleum products were up 64.2 percent, and farm products excluding grain were up 61.4 percent. Metallic ores were down 16.7 percent, and iron, steel and scrap were down 21.8 percent. 

Carloads for the first 36 weeks of 2012—at 10,162,532—were down 4 percent compared to the first 36 weeks of 2011, and intermodal was up 3.7 percent at 8,441,310 trailers and containers.

Estimated ton-miles for the week ending September 8 were down 1.5 percent at 31.8 billion, and were down 1.5 percent on a year-to-date basis at 1,164.3 billion.

Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

The long-simmering court battle over whether FedEx Ground’s workers are independent contractors or employees appears headed to the appellate courts—and maybe the U.S. Supreme Court.

Carload volume headed up 4.3 percent to 298,376, and intermodal units, at 273,376 containers and trailers were up 4.8 percent annually.

In light on various service-related freight railroad service issues, the Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (STB) recently announced it is now requiring Class I railroads to publicly file weekly data reports on service performance. These weekly reports are slated to begin on October 22.

According to its data, spot market volume for the month of September was up 32 percent on an annual basis and set a new record for the 14th straight month, with gains for each of the three equipment categories it tracks, including load availability for: dry vans up 42 percent; refrigerated (reefer) up 24 percent; and flatbed volume up 46 percent.

FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight, two of the largest non-union LTL carriers in the nation, are battling organizing efforts by the Teamsters union in a closely watched unionization effort.

Article Topics

News · Railroad · Rail Freight · Intermodal · AAR · All topics

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA