Weekly U.S. Rail Traffic Increases 3.6 Percent

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 24, 2017, totaled 544,694 carloads and intermodal units, a 3.6 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 263,504 for the week, were up by 2.3 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 281,190 units, an increase of 4.9 percent compared to 2016.

Four of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending June 24, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Coal saw an increase of 11.2 percent to 85,975 carloads, and nonmetallic minerals were up 10.4 percent to 39,632 carloads. Chemicals increased to 30,391 carloads, or 2.2 percent.

Petroleum and petroleum products posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 16 percent to 9,789 carloads, followed by motor vehicles and parts with a decrease of 12.1 percent to 16,997 carloads. Metallic ores and metals dropped 8.5 percent to 22,522 carloads.

For the first 25 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 13,045,765 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.5 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 6,429,100, were up by 6.6 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 6,616,665, increased by 2.6 percent.

On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending June 24, 2017, was 719,521 carloads and intermodal units, up by 5.3 percent.

For the first 25 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 5.7 percent, with a total of 17,283,699 carloads and intermodal units.