Last week, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported weekly rail carload volume set a new 2010 record –and that was the second record-breaking week in a row.
The AAR calculated that intermodal traffic totaled 237,006 trailers and containers –an increase of 18 percent from the same week in 2009, and likewise, up 18 percent from the same week in 2008. Compared with the same week in 2009, container volume increased 19.4 percent, and trailer volume rose 10.7 percent. However, compared with the same week in 2008, container volume increased 27.1 percent, and trailer volume declined 16.9 percent.
(In order to offer a complete picture of the progress in rail traffic, AAR reports 2010 weekly rail traffic with comparison weeks in both 2009 and 2008. The 2008 comparison week included the Labor Day holiday, while the corresponding weeks in both 2010 and 2009 did not.) (more…)