AAR reports traffic gains for week ending May 11

By Staff
May 17, 2013 - LM Editorial

Carload and intermodal volumes were both up for the week ending May 11, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carload volume—at 280,986—was up 0.6 percent annually and below the week ending May 3 at 283,916 and ahead of the week ending April 27 at 275,638. . Intermodal—at 248,266 trailers and containers—was up 3.9 percent and ahead of the week ending May 4, which came in at 245,678 and also ahead of the week ending April 27 at 247,659.

Total weekly traffic for carloads and intermodal units—at 529,252—was up 2.1 percent annually.

Of the ten main commodity groups tracked by the AAR, five saw annual increases. Petroleum and petroleum products were up 50.8 percent. Grain was down 21.3 percent.

On a year-to-date basis, carloads are down 1.9 percent at 5,244,498 and intermodal is up 4.3 percent at 4,540,879 containers and trailers.



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Jeff Berman, 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. Contact Jeff Berman.

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