Intermodal up for U.S., Canadian railroads

Intermodal up for U.S., Canadian railroads

Carload freight for U.S. and Canadian railroads increased 5 percent and 14.3 percent, respectively, for the week ended Dec. 6 against the 2002 period, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.

Non-metallic mineral and product, and agricultural product led the way, rising 13.7 percent and 8.4 percent, respectively, for U.S. railroads, and 33 percent and 31.5 percent, respectively, for their Canadian counterparts.

The gains helped boost the carriers' carloads over year-ago levels for the first time in 2003. Through the year's first 49 weeks, U.S. and Canadian railroads' carloads were up 0.1 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively, compared with the same 2002 period.

For the week, U.S. roads increased intermodal moves 7 percent over a year ago. Through the year's first 49 weeks, U.S. and Canadian roads' intermodal traffic rose 6.7 percent and 5.9 percent, respectively from the previous year.