U.S. Weekly Rail Traffic Increases 1.2 Percent

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending October 6, 2018, totaled 554,238 carloads and intermodal units, a 1.2 percent increase compared to the same week in 2017. 

U.S. carloads, which totaled 269,634 for the week, were up 0.7 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 284,604 units, an increase of 1.8 percent compared to 2017. 

Six of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending October 6, 2018, when compared with the same week in 2017. Petroleum and petroleum products increased 2,579 carloads to 12,545, and coal was up 1,250 carloads to 88,939. Metallic ores and metals increased by 880 carloads to 22,121.

Grain posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 1,918 carloads to 22,641, followed by nonmetallic minerals with a decrease of 1,557 carloads to 37,581. Miscellaneous carloads were down 154 carloads to 9,860.

On the 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending October 6, 2018, was 750,405 carloads and intermodal units, up 1 percent.