The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 25, 2017, totaled 526,471 carloads and intermodal units, a 12 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.
U.S. carloads, which totaled 260,897 for the week, were up by 12.4 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 265,574 units, an increase of 11.6 percent compared to 2016.
Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending March 25, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Grain saw an increase of 21.8 percent to 23,312 carloads, and coal was up 19.8 percent to 79,422 carloads. Metallic ores and metals increased to 22,248 carloads, or 15.8 percent.
Motor vehicles and parts showed the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 1.5 percent to 18,390 carloads, and petroleum and petroleum products declined by 1.4 percent to 10,591 carloads.
For the first 12 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 6,184,117 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.2 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 3,064,382, were up by 5.5 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 3,119,735, increased by 1.1 percent.
On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending March 25, 2017, was 694,945 carloads and intermodal units, up by 13.4 percent.
For the first 12 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 4.1percent, with a total of 8,173,778 carloads and intermodal units.