AAR: Rail Freight Traffic Down During Holiday Week

WASHINGTON — Freight traffic on U.S. railroads was down during the holiday week ended December 27 in comparison with the corresponding holiday week last year the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported today.

Total volume was estimated at 21.4 billion ton-miles, down 20.1 percent from the same week last year.

Intermodal volume totaled 124,061 trailers or containers, down 21.8 percent from last year, with container volume down 21.5 percent and trailer volume down 23.2 percent.

Carload freight, which doesn’t include the intermodal data, totaled 200,365 cars for the week, down 21.7 percent from last year. Loadings were down 26.5 percent in the East and 18.9 percent in the West.