The Association of American Railroads has continued to experience a decline in freight traffic on US railroads as traffic amounted to 25.7 billion ton miles for the week ending July 4, a decrease of 14.3 per cent compared to the same period last year.
US railroads reported originating 241,240 cars, down 15.6 per cent compared to the same week a year earlier.
Regionally, carloadings were down 11.1 per cent in the west and 23.0 per cent in the east, reports Examiner.com.
It said that the volume of intermodal trailers or containers amounted to 169,290, a decrease of 12.8 per cent year on year. Container volume fell 6.4 per cent and trailer volume declined 34.9 per cent.
Eighteen of 19 carload freight commodity groups were down from last year, with decreases ranging from 3.3 per cent for coal to 72.4 per cent for metallic ores.
For the first 26 weeks of 2009, US railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,806,892 carloads, down 19.2 per cent from 2008; 4,816,358 trailers or containers, down 16.8 per cent, and total volume of an estimated 723.7 billion ton-miles, down 18.3 per cent, the report added.