Rail traffic is up for the week ending August 20, says AAR

By Staff
August 26, 2011 - LM Editorial

Rail traffic was up for the week ending August 20, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carload volume—at 300,521—was up 1.1 percent annually, and it was ahead of the week ending August 13, which hit 292,266 and the week ending August 6 at 287,329. It was slightly 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 up 1.3 percent in the East and up 0.9 percent out West. Carloads on a year-to-date basis are at 9,531,017 for a 2 percent annual increase.

Intermodal volumes for the week at 238,680 trailers and containers were up 1 percent annually and behind ahead of the previous two weeks, which hit 235,598 and 235,568, respectively.

Intermodal volumes on a year-to-date basis at 7,461,628 are up 6.3 percent compared to 2010. Shippers continue to turn to intermodal as an alternative to trucking movements, as they can see significant fuel savings in exchange for a longer transit time.

Of the 20 commodity groups tracked by the AAR, 14 were up annually. Metallic ores were up 24.7 percent, and farm products, excluding grain, were down 14.5 percent.

Estimated ton-miles for the week were 34.6 billion for a 1.8 percent annual increase, and
on a year-to-date basis, the 1,071.7 billion ton-miles recorded were up 3.0 percent.



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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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