The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 4, 2020, totaled 414,014 carloads and intermodal units, a 5.1 percent decrease compared to 2019.
U.S. carloads, which totaled 215,564 for the week, were down 2.8 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 198,450 units, down 7.4 percent compared to 2019.
Three of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending January 4, 2020, when compared with the same week in 2019. Chemicals increased 1,093 carloads to 31,006, and petroleum and petroleum products were up 997 carloads to 13,063. Miscellaneous carloads increased 282 carloads, to 7,543.
Nonmetallic minerals posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 2,836 carloads to 22,803. This was followed by motor vehicles and parts, with a decrease of 2,210 carloads to 7,004, and coal, with a decrease of 1,103 carloads, to 69,757.
On the 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending January 4, 2020, was 569,673 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.4 percent.