U.S. Rail Traffic Up 8.6 Percent

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 7, 2018, totaled 485,193 carloads and intermodal units, an 8.6 percent increase compared to the same week in 2017. 

U.S. carloads, which totaled 240,514 for the week, were up 5.4 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 244,679 units, an increase of 12 percent compared to 2017. 

Nine of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending July 7, 2018, when compared with the same week in 2017. Grain increased 3,207 carloads to 21,299, and nonmetallic minerals were up 2,341 carloads to 35,270. Petroleum and petroleum products increased by 1,808 carloads to 10,257.

Coal posted the only decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 371 carloads to 76,562.

On the 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending July 7, 2018, was 665,440 carloads and intermodal units, up 7.8 percent.