Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


AAR reports rail traffic is down for week ending July 9

By Staff
July 15, 2011

Rail traffic was down for the week ending July 2, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carload volume—at 245,574—was down 3.2 percent year-over-year and behind the week ending July 2, which hit 285,943 and the week ending June 25 at 284,562 and the week ending June 17 at 294,310. It was also behind the week ending April 2, which hit 305,905 carloads, marking the highest weekly carload tally since the end of 2008.

Carload volume was down 1.3 percent in the East and down 4.2 percent out West. Carloads on a year-to-date basis are at 7,784,801 for a 2.5 percent annual increase.

Intermodal checked in at 192,619 trailers and containers for a 0.2 percent decrease from last year. This is well below tallies from recent weeks, including 236,988 for the week ending July 2. The two highest weeks of the year were the weeks ending June 17 and June 10 reaching 237,682 and 237,422, respectively, intermodal hit 234,775 for the week ending June 25.

Intermodal volumes on a year-to-date basis at 6,048,752 are up 7.5 percent compared to 2010.

Of the 20 commodity groups tracked by the AAR, 13 were up annually. Iron and steel scrap was up 32.5 percent, and coal was down 10.5 percent.

Estimated ton-miles for the week were 28.3 billion for a 2.4 percent annual increase, and
on a year-to-date basis, the 870.6 billion ton-miles recorded were up 3.6 percent.

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

While the volume decline was steep, there was numerous reasons behind it, including terminal congestion, protracted contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and other supply chain-related issues, according to POLA officials.

Truckload rates for the month of January, which measures truckload linehaul rates paid during the month, saw a 7.9 percent annual hike, and intermodal rates dropped 0.3 percent compared to January 2014, which the report pointed out marks the first annual intermodal pricing decline since December 2013.

Largely leveraging the net positive impact of lower fuel prices, the Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR made major strides in December, the most recent month for which data is available.

With the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) recently agreeing to a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract last weekend covering about 20,000 port employees at 29 West Coast ports following roughly nine months of stops and starts and acrimonious negotiations, the focus for all port and supply chain stakeholders is firmly on the future.

Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach Plan to Cooperate on Environmental, Security, Legislative, Supply Chain Logistics and Marketing Initiatives.

Comments

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


© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA