Week 9 thaw results in significant rail traffic increases

A Railway Age article reports that the Association of American Railroads (AAR) statistics announced a continuing rise in rail traffic from week six to week nine due to the thaw from the polar vortex that gripped the country during the month of February.
According to stats provided by AAR, five of the 10-carload commodity groups posted increases compared to the same week in 2020. Coal was up 6,939 carloads, to 65,632; grain, up 5,657 carloads, to 26,451; and farm products excluding grain, and food, up 371 carloads, to 16,794. Commodity groups experiencing declines compared with the same week last year included chemicals, down 3,833 carloads, to 29,591; nonmetallic minerals, down 2,559 carloads, to 27,833; and motor vehicles and parts, down 2,235 carloads, to 15,912.

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