June 2012 Intermodal Rail Traffic Sets New RecordDespite the global economic slowdown that has many of our import-export partners in outright recession, U.S. intermodal originations actually continue setting new records. This important leading to coincident indicator, which began breaking down nearly a full year before the Great Recession began, is yet another that strongly defies claims that the US economy is not currently recovering.
"Through June, year-to-date 2012 U.S. intermodal originations were slightly ahead of 2006, setting up the very real possibility that 2012 will be the highest-volume intermodal year ever for U.S. railroads. The recovery since 2009 has been remarkable. In the first six months of 2009, average weekly intermodal loadings were 185,075 containers and trailers. In the first six months of 2012, the average was up to 232,682 containers and trailers, a 25.7% increase. Assuming 240 intermodal units per train, the improvement in 2012 over 2009 is equal to nearly 200 additional full-size intermodal trains per week."
~Association of American Railroads