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U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are up, for week ending September 16, reports AAR
Rail carloads, at 232,723, eked out a 0.2% annual gain. Intermodal containers and trailers, at 257,067 units, were up 3.3% annually.

U.S. rail and intermodal volumes are mixed, for week ending September 9, reports AAR
Rail carloads, at 218,101, eked out a 0.6% annual gain, and intermodal containers and trailers, at 229,244 units, fell 3.8% annually.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes see August declines, reports AAR
Rail carloads, at 1,133,375, were down 2.0% annually, or 23,323 carloads, and intermodal containers and trailers, at 1,239,290 units, fell 6.3%, or 83,717 units, annually.

STB introduces new service-focused reciprocal switching NPRM
Earlier today, the Washington, D.C.-based Surface Transportation Board (STB), an independent adjudicatory and economic-regulatory agency charged by Congress with resolving railroad rate and service disputes and reviewing proposed railroad mergers, unanimously released a railroad service-focused Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) focused on reciprocal switching.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are down, for week ending August 26, reports AAR
Rail carloads, at 226,679, were off 3.9% annually, and intermodal containers and trailers, at 245,846 units, saw a 7.7% annual decline.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are down annually, for week ending August 19, reports AAR
Rail carloads, at 228,972, fell 0.6% annually, and intermodal containers and trailers, at 249,881 units, fell 4.6% annually.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are down, for week ending August 12, reports AAR
Rail carloads, 224,412, fell 3% annually, and Intermodal containers and trailers, at 248,086 units, were off 5.3%.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are down, for week ending August 5, reports AAR
Rail carloads, at 222,199, were off 1% annually, trailing the weeks ending July 29 and July 22, at 230,511, and 222,454, respectively, and intermodal containers and trailers, at 249,739 units, were off 5.2%.

Taking a quick look at some year-to-date market trends and themes
While the calendar indicates that just about the first seven months of 2023 are officially in the books, this seems like as good of a time as any to take a quick look back at things on a year-to-date basis, as they relate to key supply chain, logistics, and freight transportation trends and themes.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal units are down, for week ending July 22, reports AAR
Rail carloads, at 222,454, were off 1.3% annually, and intermodal containers and trailers, at 252,282 units, were down 4.8%.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes are mixed, for week of July 15, reports AAR
Rail carloads, at 225,609, eked out a 0.9% annual increase. Intermodal containers and trailers—at 252,544—were down 5.3% annually.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes see annual declines, for week ending July 8, reports AAR
Rail carloads, at 197,086, saw a 2.3% annual decline, andintermodal containers and trailers—at 210,757 units—were down 7.6% annually.

2023 State of Logistics: Rail/Intermodal
Rail/Intermodal volumes remain uneven as service improvements continue to take hold.

U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes see annual declines in June, reports AAR
Rail carloads, at 903,397, fell 0.2%, or 1,931 carloads—compared to June 2022. Intermodal containers and trailers, at 988,766 units,were down 3.6%, or 76,237 units, for the same period.

Bipartisan Senate duo re-introduces ‘Reliable Rail Service Act’
A new piece of bipartisan legislation focused on railroad service was re-introduced earlier this week in the United States Senate by Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Roger Marshall (R-KS). Entitled, the “Reliable Rail Service Act,” this legislation addresses the unreliable service and high cost of shipping for American businesses, according to the senators.


 


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