U.S. Weekly Rail Traffic Decreases 6.6 Percent

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending February 8, 2020, totaled 485,329 carloads and intermodal units, a 6.6 percent decrease compared to 2019.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 232,116 for the week, were down 4.2 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 253,213 units, down 8.8 percent compared to 2019.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending February 8, 2020, when compared with the same week in 2019. Miscellaneous carloads increased 2,404 carloads to 10,900, and farm products, excluding grain and food, were up 1,205 carloads to 16,256. Chemicals increased 887 carloads, to 32,670. 

Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2019 included coal, down 10,686 carloads, to 64,996; nonmetallic minerals, down 2,794 carloads, to 28,354; and motor vehicles and parts, down 694 carloads, to 16,376.

On the 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending February 8, 2020, was 660,098 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.8 percent.