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US weekly rail traffic falls 23.3pc to 403,283 carloads, intermodal units in mid-April

TOTAL US rail traffic fell 27

04 May 2020 - 19:00

TOTAL US rail traffic fell 27.5 per cent to 189,598 carloads in the week ending April 18, compared to the same week last year, while weekly intermodal volume was down 19.1 per cent to 213,685 containers and trailers.

None of the ten carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2019. Commodity groups that posted decreases included coal, down 35,555 carloads, to 48,423; motor vehicles and parts, down 14,459 carloads, to 1,943; and non-metallic minerals, down 5,188 carloads, to 30,377, reported AJOT.



'Rail volumes suffered again as extremely difficult times for rail customers and the economy continued,' said R senior vice president John Gray.



'Like everyone else, railroads are looking forward to a return to normalcy and an end to the significant challenges associated with the pandemic. Until that happens, railroads will work hard to keep their employees and the communities they serve safe, will continue to deliver the goods needed to sustain and heal the nation and, when appropriate, support its economic restoration.'



For the first 16 weeks of 2020, US railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,592,286 carloads, down 9.5 per cent year on year; and 3,823,931 intermodal units, down 10.4 per cent. Total combined US traffic for the first 16 weeks of 2020 fell by ten per cent to 7,416,217 carloads and intermodal units.



North American rail volume for the week ending April 18, on 12 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railroads totalled 277,795 carloads, down 23.5 per cent compared with the same week last year, and 291,778 intermodal units, down 16.5 per cent. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 569,573 carloads and intermodal units, down 20 per cent.



North American rail volume for the first 16 weeks of 2020 was 10,236,377 carloads and intermodal units, down 8.4 per cent compared with 2019.



Canadian railroads reported 72,049 carloads for the week, down 13.5 per cent, and 65,088 intermodal units, down 7.9 per cent. For the first 16 weeks of 2020, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 2,253,268 carloads, containers and trailers, down 4.7 per cent.



Mexican railroads reported 16,148 carloads for the week, down 10.3 per cent, and 13,005 intermodal units, down 10.2 per cent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 16 weeks of 2020 was 566,892 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 2.2 per cent.


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