“Tracking” the Economy

The fine folks at the Association of American Railroads are out with their latest edition of Rail Time Indicators. Total traffic (carloads plus intermodal) in July was about 11% higher than the dismal levels of a year ago, but remains about 10% below earlier years:

The rebound has been weaker in carloads (think bulk materials like coal, grains, minerals, and chemicals plus autos); they are up about 4% over 2009:

And stronger in intermodal (think trailers and containers), which are up about 17%:

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  1. I always look forward to Donald Marron’s wide-ranging analyses. I hope the next president in 2012 will invite Mr. Marron into his cabinet!

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