North American Rail Traffic Rose 17.6% in Week Ended April 3
By Colin Kellaher
North American rail traffic surged 17.6% last week, as railroads
lapped last year's large declines in volume related to the
coronavirus pandemic-inflated comparisons, data from the
Association of American Railroads showed.
Carload volume rose 8.1% for the week ended April 3 on 12
reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, while intermodal
traffic jumped 27.2%, the trade group said.
In the week ended March 27, North American rail traffic rose
14.1%. For the first 13 weeks of the year, North American rail
traffic is up 5.2%.
In the 13th week of 2020, traffic fell 11.4%, as rail volumes
plummeted when large chunks of the economy shut down.
"Rail traffic has clearly rebounded from last year's depths,"
said John Gray, AAR senior vice president. "Looking ahead, rail
volumes are highly correlated with manufacturing output, so recent
signs of strength in manufacturing are good signs for railroads
The AAR said U.S. rail traffic rose 20% last week, as the volume
of intermodal containers and trailers soared 31%, and carloads rose
8.8%. U.S. rail traffic is up 5.6% for the first 13 weeks of the
Canadian rail traffic rose 10.3% last week, with intermodal
units up 17% and carloads up 4.6%. Canadian rail traffic is up 6.5%
for the first 13 weeks of the year.
Mexican rail traffic, which has been down for much of the year,
was up 14.9% last week amid a 16.3% jump in carloads and a 13.1%
rise in intermodal units. For the year to date, Mexican rail
traffic is down 4.4%, the AAR said.
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