Rail News: April 2nd, 2024

Norfolk Southern, CSX Working to Handle Delays, Rerouting of Shipments

As a result of last week’s Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, CSX and Norfolk Southern are working with their respective customers, the Port of Baltimore and state officials to respond to delays, re-routing of shipments due to the incident.

CSX statement: “While freight traffic has not been entirely halted in the region, certain commodities have been affected by the incident. CSX is actively communicating with customers to provide updates on their shipment statuses as the situation evolves. It is important to note that domestic intermodal traffic on CSX destined for local Baltimore remains unaffected.”

Norfolk Southern’s statement: “Our network touches every major port on the eastern seaboard, and we have proactively reached out to help our customers and provide alternate routing solutions. Significant supply chain events demand a rapid response approach, frequent communication and innovative solutions, and NS is doing all three of these things to help our customers and partners navigate through this challenge.”

It remains to be seen how big of an impact and for how long the Port of Baltimore’s closure will be on the supply chain.

Total Weekly U.S. Rail Traffic for the Week end Ending March 23rd, 2024:

  • Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 470,593 carloads and intermodal units, seeing a 2.1% increase from the same time last year, per AAR data.
  • Weekly U.S. intermodal volume was 255,316 containers and trailers, up 10.2% from last year.
  • Grain, chemicals and motor vehicles and parts all saw increases. While coal, non-metallic minerals, and metallic ores and metals all saw decreases.
  • For the first 12 weeks of this year, North American rail volume was 7,798,583 carloads and intermodal units – up 1.8% from last year.
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