Intermodal up but rail carloads down last week

U.S. rail traffic on a weekly basis was mixed for the week that ended last Saturday, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Intermodal volumes were up but carloads were down. The U.S. freight railroads originated 294,144 intermodal containers and trailers last week, a 5.5% increase from the same period in 2019. But carloads were down 10.5% to 224,146 carloads.

Combined, U.S. rail volumes totaled 518,290 carloads and intermodal units, a 2.1% drop from the same period a year ago.

Meanwhile, on a year-to-date basis, U.S. rail traffic totaled nearly 18.1 million carloads and intermodal units, which is 10.7% lower than the same period in 2019.

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