BNSF intermodal container volume eastbound through Arizona November 2023

RailState, the rail industry’s only provider of real-time rail network visibility, independently tracks freight rail movements across North America in real-time. 

This report covers train and intermodal container movements on Union Pacific and BNSF railways in the southwest United States. 

Union Pacific

In November, daily train volume on UP through southern California averaged 14 trains per day. Of those, 61% were intermodal, 29% were manifest trains, and the remainder were predominantly automotive trains. Intermodal volume accounted for 65% of traffic in October.

Union Pacific daily train volume eastbound US southwest November 2023

In the westbound direction, there is an average of one fewer train per day compared to eastbound. Intermodal trains account for 69% of volume, down slightly from 71% in October.

Union Pacific daily train volume westbound US southwest November 2023

BNSF

BNSF moved an average of 25 trains per day eastbound in November. Intermodal trains made up 79% of eastbound traffic through Arizona. Manifest trains account for 14% and the remainder of trains are a mix of automotive, coal, grain, and petroleum trains.

BNSF daily train volume eastbound US southwest November 2023

BNSF moved an additional train per day westbound in November compared to the eastbound direction. In October, the eastbound route had one additional train per day over westbound. Intermodal makes up a slightly smaller percentage of trains moving westbound on BNSF, 73% compared to 79% in the eastbound direction.

BNSF daily train volume westbound US southwest November 2023

Intermodal 

Union Pacific moved 76,191 containers eastbound through southern California in November, 57% of which were domestic containers. In October, a slimmer majority (52%) were domestic.

Union Pacific intermodal container volume eastbound through Arizona November 2023

In November, BNSF moved 125,771 containers eastbound, 60% of which were domestic containers. In October, 58% of containers were domestic. 

BNSF intermodal container volume eastbound through Arizona November 2023

Total container volume last month on both lines was 201,962, with BNSF moving 62.3% of total container volume and 63.3% of domestic container volume. 

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