U.S. Weekly Rail Traffic Up 4.7 Percent

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 22, 2017, totaled 515,131 carloads and intermodal units, a 4.7 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 257,283 for the week, were up by 11.6 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 257,848 units, a decrease of 1.3 percent compared to 2016.

Six of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending April 22, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Coal saw an increase of 30.9 percent to 76,864 carloads, and grain was up 28.7 percent to 23,521 carloads. Metallic ores and metals increased to 25,194 carloads, or 12.8 percent.

Motor vehicles and parts showed the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 11 percent to 17,030 carloads, and petroleum and petroleum products declined by 8.9 percent to 10,346 carloads. Miscellaneous carloads saw a decrease of 6.4 percent to 8,913 carloads.

For the first 16 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 8,259,253 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.8 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 4,088,926, were up by 6.4 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 4,170,327, increased by 1.5 percent.

On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending April 22, 2017, was 690,262 carloads and intermodal units, up by 6.4 percent.

For the first 16 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 4.8 percent, with a total of 10,932,105 carloads and intermodal units.