The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 12, 2017, totaled 548,790 carloads and intermodal units, a 2.7 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.
U.S. carloads, which totaled 268,364 for the week, were up 0.3 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 280,426 units, an increase of 5.1 percent compared to 2016.
Four of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending August 12, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Non-metallic minerals increased 10.2 percent to 40,794 carloads, coal saw an increase of 6.4 percent to 94,593 carloads, and chemicals were up 6.4 percent to 31,621 carloads.
Grain posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 24.4 percent to 19,080 carloads, followed by petroleum and petroleum products with a decrease of 17.2 percent to 8,692 carloads. Motor vehicles and parts dropped 7.3 percent to 16,166 carloads.
For the first 32 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 16,773,331 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.2 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 8,260,255, were up by 5.1 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 8,513,076, increased by 3.2 percent.
On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending August 12, 2017, was 723,223 carloads and intermodal units, up by 4.5 percent.
For the first 32 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 5.4 percent, with a total of 22,206,631 carloads and intermodal units.