Weekly U.S. Rail Traffic Down 2.8 Percent

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 6, 2019, totaled 510,192 carloads and intermodal units, a 2.8 percent decrease compared to 2018.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 251,417 for the week, were down 3.9 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 258,775 units, a decrease of 1.6 percent compared to 2018.

Three of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending April 6, 2019, when compared with the same week in 2018. Petroleum and petroleum products increased 1,711 carloads to 11,610, and nonmetallic minerals were up 493 carloads to 36,059. Motor vehicles and parts increased 434 carloads to 17,557.

Coal posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 6,417 carloads to 75,048. This was followed by grain, with a decrease of 3,525 carloads to 21,815. Chemicals were down 1,347 carloads to 32,358.

On the 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending April 6, 2019, was 710,373 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.6 percent.