Weekly US Rail Traffic Hits Peak, Says Report

10 August 2010 (Last Updated August 10th, 2010 18:30)

The Association of American Railroads has revealed that US railroads reported the highest traffic levels for carload and intermodal traffic for the last week of July this year. Carload volume in the week stood at 300,292, a 9.4% rise compared with the same week last year, but fell 10.6%

The Association of American Railroads has revealed that US railroads reported the highest traffic levels for carload and intermodal traffic for the last week of July this year.

Carload volume in the week stood at 300,292, a 9.4% rise compared with the same week last year, but fell 10.6% in relation to the same week in 2008.

Intermodal traffic saw 232,895 trailers, while containers rose by 20.2% from the same week last year.

Container volume increased by 21.9% and trailer volume rose by 11.7%, while all but one of the carload commodity groups increased from the comparable week in 2009.

For the first 30 weeks of 2010, carload volume was up 7.3% from 2009, but down 13.1% from 2008.

Total North American rail volume for the first 30 weeks of 2010 on 13 US, Canadian and Mexican railroads was up 10.2% from last year.