U.S. Weekly Rail Traffic Continues Increase Over Last Year

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 11, 2017, totaled 510,638 carloads and intermodal units, a 4.4 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 253,664 for the week, were up by 4.3 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 256,974 units, an increase of 4.5 percent compared to 2016.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending March 11, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Coal saw an increase of 11.9 percent to 79,646 carloads, and grain was up 10.9 percent to 24,248 carloads. Nonmetallic mineral carloads increased to 35,069 carloads, up 10.3 percent.

Petroleum and petroleum products showed the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 15.6 percent to 9,344 carloads. Motor vehicles and parts declined by 8.5 percent to 18,390 carloads, and forest products dropped 5.1 percent to 9,789 carloads.

For the first 10 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 5,162,365 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 2.5 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 2,557,020, were up 4.9 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 2,605,345, increased by 0.2 percent.

On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending March 11, 2017, was 671,670 carloads and intermodal units, up by 4.7 percent.

North American rail volume for the first 10 weeks of 2017 was 6,808,375 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.2 percent compared with 2016.

For the first 10 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 3.2 percent, with a total of 6,808,375 carloads and intermodal units.