AAR: Railroads report intermodal volume up 5.2 percent over same week of 2011
(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, June 21, 2012)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending June 16, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 287,036 carloads, down 2.5 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 249,975 trailers and containers, up 5.2 percent compared with the same week last year.
Twelve of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with petroleum products, up 50.3 percent; motor vehicles and equipment, up 22.6 percent, and coke, up 11.1 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ore, down 18.5 percent; nonmetallic minerals, down 15.2 percent, and iron and steel scrap, down 12.6 percent.
Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 3.3 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 2 percent compared with the same week in 2011.
For the first 24 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,757,454 carloads, down 3 percent from the same point last year, and 5,550,105 trailers and containers, up 3.1 percent from last year.
Friday, June 22, 2012
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