US rail transport increased in January: US Railways Association (AAR) announced on Thursday (1 February) that the total traffic of US railways in January this year increased with the increase in intermodal and wagon loading traffic, compared to January of 6. In January, intermodal traffic of US railways was recorded as 2013 trailers and containers with an annual increase of 1,3 or 14.682 units. In January, the average weekly intermodal traffic reached 1.183.285, the highest level in January with trailers and containers. Total wagon loadings in the same month were recorded as 236.657 units with an increase of 0,4 or 5.183 units on an annual basis.
In seven of the 20 sectors whose data were collected by AAR in January, wagon loading increased on an annual basis. In the specified month, the biggest increases in wagon loadings were seen in grain shipments with 13,2% and oil and petroleum products shipments with 10,4%. However, crude oil shipments accounted for half of the wagon loadings in January. In January, the biggest decreases in wagon loading were 23,5% year-on-year in metal ore shipments, and 6,1% year-on-year in motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts shipments, while coal shipments declined by 0,5% year-on-year. In the US, January wagon shipments increased by 1% on an annual basis, excluding coal shipments.
"Railways run very well in all kinds of harsh weather conditions in their 140.000-mile-long outdoor environment," said John T. Gray, vice president of the AAR Policy and Economy unit. The lowest air temperature of recent years was seen in many parts of the country in January. Although we could not calculate exactly, extreme cold railroads caused some traffic. For example, rail transport has made it difficult for customers to manufacture and install their products. ”