Strong Rail Traffic Growth Week 13 of 2011

April 7th, 2011
in econ_news

Econintersect:  Rail traffic YoY growth strongly improved in week thirteen of 2011 ending 02 April 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.  Performance year to date for 2011 has been very strong, in spite of the weakening growth rate.

Follow up:

This week, the growth rate rose sharply from the previous week, reversing recent "less good" YoY improvements. Last week rail traffic was up 3.5% year-over-year.  This week (week thirteen of 2011) the year-over-year improvement was 11.2%.  Year-to-date gains declined from 6.2% to 6.6%.

The data details:

Total US Rail Traffic

Major Commodity Groups Total Grain Chemicals Food Forest Metals Coal Autos Intermodal
Current Week                  
Vs. 2010 11.2% 7.4% 14.6% (1.3%) 4.7% 12.1% 1.3% 25.7% 19.4%
Vs. 2009 21.1% 26.7% 27.2% 2.3% 12.3% 83.9% 4.6% 52.5% 26.8%
4 Week Rolling Avg.                  
Vs. 2010 6.0% 1.9% 10.5% (3.5%) 7.1% 6.0% (0.3%) 16.8% 10.4%
Vs. 2009 15.9% 23.6% 25.2% 2.6% 11.3% 54.1% 0.8% 39.5% 22.2%
Quarter to Date                  
Vs. 2010 6.6% 3.7% 7.5% (5.1%) 7.0% 11.8% 3.8% 11.4% 8.7%
Vs. 2009 11.7% 20.0% 19.5% 2.3% 7.4% 45.2% (3.3%) 45.0% 17.8%
Year to Date                  
Vs. 2010 6.6% 3.7% 7.5% (5.1%) 7.0% 11.8% 3.8% 11.4% 8.7%
Vs. 2009 11.7% 20.0% 19.5% 2.3% 7.4% 45.2% (3.3%) 45.0% 17.8%

 

Total Rail Traffic

source: Railfax
















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