Report: Industry – Cars Held

Total Cars Held represents the average number of cars in revenue service that have not moved for 48+ hours, based on daily snapshots throughout the week. The data includes both loaded and empty moves for all car types. It  does not include cars placed at a customer facility, in constructive placement, placed for interchange to another carrier, in bad order status, in storage, or operating in railroad service. Class I railroads report this information to the Surface Transportation Board on a weekly basis. Only U.S. operations are included for the Canadian railways. The railroads changed their reporting method on March 29, 2017. Prior to that date they reported the weekly number of cars instead of the daily average.

Why Is This Important?
Monitoring railroad tracking data for the frequency of cars held by each carrier allows you to quickly identify carriers experiencing service issues, and those that are making improvements. These performance charts are an example of the type of reporting that is included in our railcar management software. Notice that these charts can be filtered on the fly and downloaded in various formats.

Need More Information?
RSI maintains a series of railroad statistics and information that can help you be more informed. Based on your business, RSI can monitor specific events and trends and provide you with up-to-date railcar tracking information. If interested in learning more about RSI’s proactive monitoring and railcar tracking services, please contact us.

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