Weekly U.S. Rail Traffic Up 4.1 Percent

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 8, 2018, totaled 502,208 carloads and intermodal units, a 4.1 percent increase compared to the same week in 2017. 

U.S. carloads, which totaled 253,293 for the week, were up 2.6 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 248,915 units, an increase of 5.8 percent compared to 2017. 

Nine of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending September 8, 2018, when compared with the same week in 2017. Petroleum and petroleum products increased 3,724 carloads to 11,649, and grain was up 2,657 carloads to 20,019. Nonmetallic minerals increased by 2,419 carloads to 35,209.

Coal posted the only decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 6,877 carloads to 85,466.

On the 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending September 8, 2018, was 690,838 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.4 percent.