Weekly U.S. Rail Traffic Increases 4.2 Percent

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 4, 2018, totaled 570,995 carloads and intermodal units, a 4.2 percent increase compared to the same week in 2017. 

U.S. carloads, which totaled 279,907 for the week, were up 3 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 291,088 units, an increase of 5.4 percent compared to 2017. 

Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending August 4, 2018, when compared with the same week in 2017. Grain increased 4,204 carloads to 25,060, and petroleum and petroleum products were up 1,456 carloads to 10,837. Motor vehicles and parts increased by 1,111 carloads to 16,709.

Miscellaneous carloads posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 1,039 carloads to 10,227, followed by nonmetallic minerals with a decrease of 508 carloads to 38,410.

On the 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending August 4, 2018, was 769,116 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.3 percent.