Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) has reported an increase of 22 percent, or 52,455 carloads, for March 2017 rail traffic compared to March 2016. Carloads totaled 290,752. Same-railroad traffic for March 2017 was up by 5.5 percent, or 13,193 carloads, to 251,490 carloads when compared to March 2016.
G&W’s North American operations reported an increase in March traffic of 3.5 percent to 137,977carloads, including traffic from the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company (P&W) acquisition, which closed on November 1, 2016. Same railroad traffic was up 1.4 percent, primarily due to increased coal & coke traffic.
North American same-railroad traffic saw coal & coke traffic increase by 41.2 percent, or 5,718 carloads, primarily due to increased shipments of utility coal in G&W’s Midwest and Northeast regions. Other commodity group traffic dropped 18 percent, or 1,120 carloads, due to decreased Class I haulage traffic in G&W’s Southern Region.
G&W’s traffic in the first quarter of 2017 was 821,248 carloads, an increase of 139,864 carloads, or 20.5 percent, compared with the first quarter of 2016. Same-railroad traffic in the first quarter increased 5 percent, or 34,272 carloads, compared with the first quarter of 2016. Carloads for the quarter totaled 715,656 carloads.
In the first quarter of 2017, North American operations traffic increased 19,824 carloads, or 5.2 percent. Traffic for the quarter totaled 403,016 carloads.