U.S. Rail Traffic Increases in Week 23

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 10, 2017, totaled 545,317 carloads and intermodal units, a 6.2 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 265,717 for the week, were up by 7.1 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 279,600 units, an increase of 5.3 percent compared to 2016.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending June 10, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Coal saw an increase of 16.7 percent to 85,516 carloads, and nonmetallic minerals were up 13.6 percent to 39,867 carloads. Grain increased to 22,409 carloads, or 10.4 percent.

Petroleum and petroleum products posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 11.3 percent to 9,601 carloads, followed by motor vehicles and parts with a decrease of 5.7 percent to 17,776 carloads. Farm products, excluding grain and food, dropped 4.2 percent to 15,857 carloads.

For the first 23 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 11,957,892 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.6 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 5,899,194, were up by 6.8 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 6,058,698, increased by 2.4 percent.

On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending June 10, 2017, was 721,086 carloads and intermodal units, up by 7.7 percent.

For the first 23 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 5.6 percent, with a total of 15,843,974 carloads and intermodal units.