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Rail Carloads of Lumber Reflect U.S. Housing Starts


Freight rail traffic is largely dependent on demand for the products railroads haul, such as lumber for new homes. Housing starts and rail carloads of lumber fell due to a sluggish housing market, but as the demand for new homes increases, so are rail carloads of lumber.

Source: Census Bureau, AAR
Housing starts are seasonally adjusted annual rates
*Carloads are terminations by U.S. Class I railroads