Rail News: Jan. 9th, 2024

BNSF Production/Departure Performance Records at Two Facilities

BNSF’s Chicago based Intermodal Terminal Corwith saw an all-time production performance record, marking a 25 percent increase in intermodal traffic compared to previous months at the terminal, Railway Age notes.

Chicago brings in a significant amount of intermodal volume, due to the city being one of the biggest connection points in the U.S.

Additionally, BNSF’s Los Angeles Hobart Intermodal Facilities saw an all-time departure record, leading to the facility’s “most efficient year in a decade,” BNSF said in a statement.

Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending December 30th, 2023:

  • For the week ending December 30th, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 370,800 carloads and intermodal units – up 3.4 percent compared to the same time last year, per AAR data.
  • U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 188,738 containers and trailers – up 2.7 percent.
  • Chemicals, farm products (excluding grain and food), and petroleum and petroleum products all saw increases. While motor vehicles and parts, miscellaneous carloads, and non-metallic minerals all saw decreases.
  • For the first 52 weeks of last year, North American rail volume was 34,105,519 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.1 percent compared to 2022.

You can check out other rail news from previous weeks, here.

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