U.S. Weekly Rail Traffic Decreases

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 9, 2019, totaled 508,958 carloads and intermodal units, a 4.7 percent decrease compared to the same week in 2018.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 238,104 for the week, were down 7 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 270,854 units, a decrease of 2.6 percent compared to 2018.

One of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending March 9, 2019, when compared with the same week in 2018. Petroleum and petroleum products increased 1,179 carloads to 10,658.

Coal posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 7,238 carloads to 76,562. Grain was down 3,716 carloads, to 19,219, and nonmetallic minerals dropped 3,116 carloads to 30,217.

On the 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending March 9, 2019, was 692,822 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.3 percent.