The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 8, 2017, totaled 453,080 carloads and intermodal units, a 2.4 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016. The July 4 holiday is included in both this year and the comparable week of 2016.
U.S. carloads, which totaled 229,501 for the week, were up by 1.1 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 223,579 units, an increase of 3.7 percent compared to 2016.
Three of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending July 8, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Nonmetallic minerals saw an increase of 17.3 percent to 34,115 carloads, and coal was up 5.7 percent to 76,931 carloads. Chemicals increased to 29,246 carloads, up 4.4 percent.
Petroleum and petroleum products posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 19 percent to 8,449 carloads, followed by miscellaneous carloads with a decrease of 15.3 percent to 7,853 carloads. Grain dropped 13.3 percent to 18,062 carloads.
For the first 27 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 14,045,206 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.4 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 6,928,954, were up by 6.2 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 7,116,252, increased by 2.7 percent.
On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending July 8, 2017, was 612,161 carloads and intermodal units, up by 2.9 percent.
For the first 27 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 5.6 percent, with a total of 18,615,460 carloads and intermodal units.