Railcar Congestion and Delays Continue

Rail congestion and slow transit times continue to be an issue, particularly around Chicago and the northern tier going into the Northeast. The volume and dwell time information below indicate where the longest delays are. U.S. freight carload volume in September was up 5.8% excluding coal and grain compared to the same period last year

Railcar Delays

If you regularly ship railcars you’ve probably noticed slower transit times this year. Rail carriers experienced difficult weather over the winter, then they had equipment shortages, and then higher traffic volumes. At the recent Midwest Association of Rail Shippers summer meeting, everyone on the shippers’ panel talked about how the slow transit times are hurting