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Carloads improve, but overall U.S. rail traffic remains down in latest weekly figures

By | June 23, 2022

Year-to-date volume also below 2021 figures

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Weekly table showing U.S. carload rail traffic by commodity type, plus total intermodal volume
Weekly table showing U.S. carload rail traffic by commodity type, plus total intermodal volume
(Association of American Railroads)

WASHINGTON — Carload traffic moved back above 2021 levels by a slight margin in the latest weekly statistics from the Association of American Railroads, while overall traffic remains down — albeit to a lesser extent.

For the week ending June 18, U.S. railroads moved 232,921 carloads, a 0.4% increase over the same week in 2021. Total intermodal traffic of 268,286 trailers and containers was down 4.9%, with the total of 501,207 carloads and intermodal units representing a 2.5% decrease. The previous week had seen carload traffic down 2.8% and overall traffic down 3.6% [see “U.S. rail traffic remains below 2021 levels,” Trains News Wire, June 16, 2022].

Carload traffic was boosted by increases in six of 10 commodities tracked by the AAR, led by grain, up 12.3%.

Year-to-date totals through 24 weeks of 2022 show overall traffic down 3.5% at an average of 494,958 carloads and intermodal units per week. Intermodal traffic is down 6.3%, while carloads are level with 2021.

North American figures for the week, from 12 U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads, include 328,846 carloads, down 0.8% from the corresponding week in 2021; 353,209 intermodal units,  down 4.6%, and a total of 682,055 carloads and intermodal units, a 2.8% decrease. Year-to-date North American totals show volume down 3.6% from 2021.

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