Weekly Rail Traffic Up 4.3 Percent

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 5, 2017, totaled 554,822 carloads and intermodal units, a 4.3 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 273,199 for the week, were up 1.9 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 281,623 units, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to 2016.

Six of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending August 5, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Non-metallic minerals increased 9.7 percent to 40,264 carloads, metallic ores and metals saw an increase of 6.7 percent to 24,660 carloads, and chemicals were up 6.5 percent to 32,621carloads.

Grain posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 13.6 percent to 20,846 carloads, followed by petroleum and petroleum products with a decrease of 10.6 percent to 9,386 carloads. Motor vehicles and parts dropped 6.9 percent to 15,609 carloads.

For the first 31 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 16,224,541 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.2 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 7,991,891, were up by 5.3 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 8,232,650, 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 5, 2017, was 725,482 carloads and intermodal units, up by 5.6 percent.

For the first 31 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 5.4 percent, with a total of 21,483,408 carloads and intermodal units.