Rail Traffic Growth Rate Slows Week 10 of 2011

March 17th, 2011
in econ_news

train Union Pacific Econintersect:  Rail traffic YoY growth narrowed in week ten of 2011 ending 12 March according to Railfax. 

The biggest post-recession growth in rail traffic occurred in the 1st quarter of 2010 - and year-over-year comparisons are increasingly compared to larger base data.  2011 performance to date has been very strong, in spite of the weakening growth rate. 

Rail traffic in the current week is down slightly from 3.6% year-over-year last week over 2010 levels to 3.5% in this tenth week of the New Year.  Year-to-date gains fell from 6.8% last week to 6.5% this week.  The data details:

Follow up:


Major Commodity Groups Total Grain Chemicals Food Forest Metals Coal Autos Intermodal
Current Week                  
Vs. 2010 3.5% (6.2%) 7.5% (3.7%) 9.9% 10.1% (2.4%) 17.7% 6.5%
Vs. 2009 11.8% 13.4% 24.8% 1.9% 11.6% 46.4% (6.9%) 28.0% 22.6%
4 Week Rolling Avg.                  
Vs. 2010 5.8% (1.9%) 6.9% (6.7%) 8.3% 11.8% 2.4% 13.9% 7.8%
Vs. 2009 14.2% 16.5% 20.8% 2.6% 11.2% 44.8% (4.7%) 35.2% 26.5%
Quarter to Date                  
Vs. 2010 6.5% 3.1% 6.1% (5.6%) 6.7% 13.8% 4.9% 9.7% 7.8%
Vs. 2009 9.9% 17.6% 17.7% 2.1% 5.8% 41.3% (5.2%) 45.3% 16.6%
Year to Date                  
Vs. 2010 6.5% 3.1% 6.1% (5.6%) 6.7% 13.8% 4.9% 9.7% 7.8%
Vs. 2009 9.9% 17.6% 17.7% 2.1% 5.8% 41.3% (5.2%) 45.3% 16.6%

rail traffic total 3-17-11

Source:  Railfax









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