U.S. Weekly Rail Traffic Decreases 7.5 Percent

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 6, 2019, totaled 448,459 carloads and intermodal units, a 7.5 percent decrease compared to 2018.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 220,759 for the week, were down 8.2 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 227,700 units, down 6.9 percent compared to 2018.

Three of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending July 6, 2019, when compared with the same week in 2018. Grain increased 2,358 carloads to 23,651, and petroleum and petroleum products were up 2,083 carloads to 12,347. Miscellaneous carloads increased 517 carloads to 8,520

Coal posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 16,575 carloads to 59,905. This was followed by nonmetallic minerals, with a decrease of 3,593 carloads to 31,655. Metallic ores and metals were down 1,510 carloads to 20,578.

On the 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending July 6, 2019, was 631,623 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.1 percent.