of 285,679 carloads
, up 1.9% compared with the same week last year.
were up 171,617 (1.5 percent) to 11,784,044 carloads
Thus, the importance to shippers of the speed and reliability of carload
shipments is the pivotal issue in this important debate.
On the carload
side, Gray says that with carload
volumes being more focused on "basic goods," volumes don't necessarily mirror the state of the economy.
The rail carload
business (not including intermodal) has been in a slow, continuous decline over the long term, and this became more pronounced in the first quarter of 2019.
ago Rail freight 0.9 1.0 3.6 Intermodal 0.7 -0.3 5.9 Carload
1.0 1.4 3.1
transaction prices, however, continue to chug along in a more modest range with prices up 3.4% in the latest quarter following its peak 4.8% price hike in November.
AAR: Rail carload
traffic, intermodal post gains in latest week Carload
traffic of U.S.
volumes in the second half of the year despite some factors indicating economic growth, a consultancy firm said last week.
prices declined 0.4%, which was the third time that carload
prices have fallen over the past five months.
If the rail transportation industry's price trends are yielding to a cyclical swing, then it will be because of the action in intermodal, not carload
But North American weekly rail volumes slumped across the board, with Canadian rail volumes down 0.6 percent amid lower carload
volumes to 156,694 carloads
and intermodal units, while Mexican rail volumes slipped 7 percent to 37,904 carloads
and intermodal units.