U.S. Weekly Rail Traffic Increases 5.7 Percent

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 13, 2017, totaled 526,970 carloads and intermodal units, a 5.7 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 255,361 for the week, were up by 7 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 271,609 units, an increase of 4.4 percent compared to 2016.

Nine of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending May 13, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Grain saw an increase of 26.3 percent to 23,256 carloads, and coal was up 14.5 percent to 74,290 carloads. Nonmetallic minerals increased to 38,167 carloads, or 6.5 percent.

Petroleum and petroleum products was the only commodity to show a decrease, with a drop of 20.1 percent to 9,387 carloads.

For the first 19 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 9,829,358 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 4,853,945, were up by 6.5 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 4,975,413, increased by 1.8 percent.

On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending May 13, 2017, was 701,036 carloads and intermodal units, up by 7.8 percent.

For the first 19 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 5.1 percent, with a total of 13,026,065 carloads and intermodal units.