The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending October 7, 2017, totaled 554,826 carloads and intermodal units, a 6.3 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.
U.S. carloads, which totaled 269,336 for the week, were up 2 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 285,490 units, an increase of 10.8 percent compared to 2016.
Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending October 7, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Nonmetallic minerals increased 5,064 carloads to 40,402, chemicals saw an increase of 3,006 carloads to 31,190, and metallic ores and metals were up 1,680 carloads to 21,299.
Coal posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 2,681 carloads to 87,521, followed by grain with a decrease of 2,111 carloads to 24,741. Motor vehicles and parts dropped 1,747 carloads to 17,194.
For the first 40 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 21,094,038 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.7 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 10,375,996, were up by 3.7 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 10,718,042, increased by 3.6 percent.
On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending October 7, 2017, was 738,474 carloads and intermodal units, up by 6.7 percent.
For the first 40 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 5.1 percent, with a total of 27,979,390 carloads and intermodal units.