Weekly U.S. Rail Traffic Increases 3.8 Percent

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 15, 2017, totaled 540,005 carloads and intermodal units, a 3.8 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 262,869 for the week, were up by 0.3 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 277,136 units, an increase of 7.4 percent compared to 2016.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending July 15, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Nonmetallic minerals saw an increase of 14.3 percent to 40,764 carloads, and farm products, excluding grain and food, were up 4.1 percent to 16,567 carloads. Forest products increased to 10,205 carloads, up 3.2 percent.

Petroleum and petroleum products posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 16.8 percent to 9,337 carloads, followed by motor vehicles and parts with a decrease of 12.5 percent to 12,299 carloads. Grain dropped 10.9 percent to 22,802 carloads.

For the first 28 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 14,585,211 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.4 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 7,191,823, were up by 6 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 7,393,388, increased by 2.9 percent.

On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending July 15, 2017, was 710,198 carloads and intermodal units, up by 5.3 percent.

For the first 28 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 5.6 percent, with a total of 19,325,658 carloads and intermodal units.