U.S. Railroads and COVID-19: Keeping Supply Chains Moving   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "The rapid onset of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic in March 2020 marked a challenging time for the country and the U.S. freight industry. Manufacturing slowed, consumer purchasing patterns changed, and for many, shopping moved online. The freight industry suffered a sharp decline in shipments, followed by a surprisingly quick rise. The movement of goods by freight rail had to quickly adapt to meet dynamically changing demand and volatile supply patterns. Despite this disruption, freight rail showed a great deal of resilience and reliability. This report addresses how the rail industry met the challenge of this whiplash in demand, explores impediments to performance during this period and looks beyond the crisis towards the future for the rail sector. 'The assessment outlined in this report was completed by researchers at Northwestern University's Transportation Center (NUTC). The results show how the U.S. freight rail industry was an essential component of pandemic resilience, demonstrating a high level of adaptability to meet consumer and business demands.'"

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