U.S., North American Rail Traffic Increases

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 17, 2017, totaled 543,179 carloads and intermodal units, a 5.2 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 266,402 for the week, were up by 6.2 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 276,777 units, an increase of 4.3 percent compared to 2016.

Six of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending June 17, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Nonmetallic minerals saw an increase of 15.5 percent to 39,654 carloads, and coal was up 15.1 percent to 87,066 carloads. Chemicals increased to 31,288 carloads, or 5.7 percent.

Petroleum and petroleum products posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 12.4 percent to 9,326 carloads, followed by motor vehicles and parts with a decrease of 8.1 percent to 17,189 carloads. Grain dropped 4.6 percent to 21,677 carloads.

For the first 24 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 12,501,071 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.6 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 6,165,596, were up by 6.8 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 6,335,475, increased by 2.5 percent.

On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending June 17, 2017, was 720,204 carloads and intermodal units, up by 7.6 percent.

For the first 24 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 5.7 percent, with a total of 16,564,178 carloads and intermodal units.