Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


Rail traffic continues steady start in 2011, according to AAR data

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
January 21, 2011

While annual comparisons may pale somewhat when compared to last year, railroad traffic remains up on an annual basis for the week ending January 15, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carload volume at 282,987 carloads was up 7.5 percent compared to the corresponding week last year. This is down slightly compared to the week ending January 8 at 285,108 carloads and up compared to the 240,073 for the week ending January 1. The AAR said that carload volume was up 2.5 percent in the East and 7.4 percent out West.

Intermodal volumes for the week ending January 15 checked in at 213,486 trailers and containers for a 5.8 percent annual gain, which was pretty much even with the week ending January 8 at 213,665 and well above the week ending January 1 at 166,894. Container volume for the week at 181,876 was up 7.2 percent, and trailer volume at 31,610 was down 1.5 percent.

These totals continue the positive trends seen in rail traffic from the majority of 2010 although it may not be as much of a growth year as 2010 was, considering its weekly and monthly volumes were up against a dismal 2009.

What’s more, railroad shippers appear to be optimistic about their growth prospects for 2011, according to the results of a Dahlman Rose Rail Shippers Study.

The study indicated that rail shippers regained confidence during the second half of 2010 and expect their respective businesses to grow at an average rate of 7.7 percent over the next 12 months, which tops the previous of 9 percent for the first quarter of 2010 since the end of the recession, with 52 percent of shippers stating they are more confident in the direction of the economy than three-to-four months ago.

Of the 20 commodity groups the AAR tracks, 11 saw annual growth, with metallic ores up 119.2 percent and all other carloads up 34.2 percent.

Estimated ton-miles for the week ending January 15 were 31.6 billion for a 7.8 percent annual increase, and for the first two weeks of 2011 the 63.5 billion ton-miles recorded are up 14.4 percent.

For more stories on railroad shipping, click here.

About the Author

Jeff Berman headshot
Jeff Berman
Group News Editor

Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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

When an industry is changing rapidly, companies must adapt in order to survive. In this whitepaper, a global publisher was seeking a partner that could mitigate risk and build a platform flexible enough for their shifting customer expectations. The solution enabled the company to rewrite their operations game plan and transform their supply chain.

Global trade management technology provider Amber Road (formerly known as Management Dynamics) said this week it has acquired ecVision, a cloud-based provider of global sourcing and collaborative supply chain solutions.

While it is already reaping myriad benefits from ORION (On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation), a proprietary routing platform for its drivers rolled out in late 2013, transportation and logistics bellwether UPS announced big plans for the technology this week.

Diesel prices continued their recent stretch of gains with a 3.6 cent increase this week to $2.936 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

TSA has reaffirmed its March 9 general rate increase (GRI) of $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) for all shipments, and lines have also filed a previously announced April 9 GRI in the same amount.

Article Topics

News · All topics

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