U.S. Rail Traffic Decreases in Week One

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 6, 2018, totaled 415,862 carloads and intermodal units, a 4.6 percent decrease compared to the same week in 2017.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 208,646 for the week, were down 5.2 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 207,216 units, a decrease of 3.9 percent compared to 2017.

Only one of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending January 6, 2018, when compared with the same week in 2017. Petroleum and petroleum products increased 741 carloads to 9,640.

Coal posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 4,554 carloads to 69,973, followed by nonmetallic minerals with a decrease of 2,159 carloads to 21,872. Grain dropped 1,924 carloads to 19,638. 

On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending January 6, 2018, was 563,862 carloads and intermodal units, down by 3.5 percent.