Intermodal 7-Up, Carloads 10 Down: AAR

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

“September 2020 was the fourth best intermodal month in history for U.S. railroads, as retailers and others restocked their inventories and prepared for the holiday season,” Association of American Railroads Senior Vice President John T. Gray noted on Oct. 7, 2020, as overall U.S. freight rail traffic volume for the month of September dipped a mere 1%, based on a healthy increase in intermodal. “Meanwhile, rail carloads, which don’t include intermodal, remained down in September compared with last year, but showed marked improvement compared to a few months ago, especially if you exclude coal. In the meantime, railroads remain focused on keeping their employees safe while delivering the goods our nation needs.”

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