Weekly U.S. Rail Traffic Up 6.7 Percent

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 27, 2017, totaled 548,103 carloads and intermodal units, a 6.7 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 266,564 for the week, were up by 8 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 281,539 units, an increase of 5.4 percent compared to 2016.

Four of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending May 27, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Grain saw an increase of 26.9 percent to 24,740 carloads, and coal was up 25.3 percent to 82,481 carloads. Nonmetallic minerals increased to 39,421 carloads, or 11.4 percent.

Petroleum and petroleum products posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 19.7 percent to 9,857 carloads, followed by miscellaneous carloads with a decrease of 6.7 percent to 10,365 carloads. Motor vehicles and parts dropped 6.2 percent to 17,720 carloads.

For the first 21 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 10,912,383 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.2 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 5,380,624, were up by 6.5 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 5,531,759, increased by 2.1 percent.

On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending May 27, 2017, was 716,981 carloads and intermodal units, up by 7.8 percent.

For the first 21 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 5.3 percent, with a total of 14,451,456 carloads and intermodal units.