U.S. Weekly Rail Traffic Posts 4.8 Percent Increase

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 5, 2019, totaled 436,103 carloads and intermodal units, a 4.8 percent increase compared to the same week in 2018.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 221,759 for the week, were up 6.2 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 214,344 units, an increase of 3.4 percent compared to 2018.

Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending January 5, 2019, when compared with the same week in 2018. Nonmetallic minerals increased 3,791 carloads to 25,665, and metallic ores and metals were up 2,619 carloads to 21,738. Petroleum and petroleum products increased by 2,413 carloads to 12,057.

Motor vehicles and parts posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 1,261 carloads to 9,213, followed by miscellaneous carloads with a decrease of 294 carloads to 7,251.

On the 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending January 5, 2019, was 595,448 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.4 percent.