U.S. rail freight traffic rose a negligible one-tenth of 1% in the first week of February 2019, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on Feb. 13. An intermodal gain was almost completely negated by a drop in carload traffic.
Association of American Railroads
The Association of American Railroads (AAR), in reporting U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 2, 2019, as well as volumes for January 2019, noted that gains in intermodal, chemicals and petroleum-related shipments offset losses in coal, grain and motor vehicles—fluctuations that “don’t reflect weakness in the economy.”
U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 26, 2019 dipped a bit, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on Jan. 30. But for the month of January, it registered a nice gain over the prior-year period.
So far, 2019 is off to a strong start for Class I traffic volume. Association of American Railroads-compiled numbers for the week ended Jan. 19 show total U.S. rail traffic of 543,111 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.9% compared with the same 2018 week; 258,833 carloads, up 7.4%; and intermodal volume 284,278 containers and trailers, up 6.5%. North American (U.S.-Canada-Mexico) numbers rose, even though Mexican traffic, measured alone, declined.
The Association of American Railroads (AAR), in reporting U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 12, 2019, noted that carloads and intermodal volume both experienced healthy increases. As well, there were gains in all carload commodity groups.
The U.S. Class I railroads started the New Year in impressive fashion, as freight and intermodal traffic notched solid gains for the week ending January 5.
Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI), the research and testing organization of the Association of American Railroads, announced the promotion of Kari Gonzales to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Carload freight, containers and trailers carried by U.S. railroads continued a strong year-end surge, according to the Association of American Railroads.
Total U.S. rail traffic was 567,252 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending December 22, up 4.2% from the year-ago week.
Traffic on U.S. railroads was 568,941 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending December 15, up 3.9% compared with the same week in 2017.