U.S. Rail Traffic Posts Increases

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 7, 2018, totaled 524,905 carloads and intermodal units, a 3.8 percent increase compared to the same week in 2017. 

U.S. carloads, which totaled 261,898 for the week, were up 4.6 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 263,007 units, an increase of 3.1 percent compared to 2017. 

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending April 7, 2018, when compared with the same week in 2017. Coal increased 6,497 carloads to 81,476, and metallic ores and metals increased 2,427 carloads to 23,401. Chemicals were up by 2,138 carloads to 33,694.

Motor vehicles and parts posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 759 carloads to 17,103, followed by nonmetallic minerals with a decrease of 587 carloads to 35,567. Miscellaneous carloads dropped 331 carloads to 9,087. 

On the 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending April 7, 2018, was 714,487 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.3 percent.