Weekly U.S. Rail Traffic Increases Slightly

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 9, 2017, totaled 486,474 carloads and intermodal units, a 0.8 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 247,930 for the week, were down 1.9 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 238,544 units, an increase of 3.6 percent compared to 2016.

Three of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending September 9, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Coal increased 5,322 carloads to 92,488, metallic ores and metals saw an increase of 1,944 carloads to 21,549, and chemicals were up 952 carloads to 29,024.

Grain posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 5,146 carloads to 17,445, followed by petroleum and petroleum products with a decrease of 2,518 carloads to 7,930. Nonmetallic minerals dropped 1,894 carloads to 33,506.

For the first 36 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 18,900,679 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.9 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 9,310,027, were up by 4.4 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 9,590,652, increased by 3.4 percent.

On the 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, combined North American rail volume for the week ending September 9, 2017, was 655,956 carloads and intermodal units, up by 2.9 percent.

For the first 36 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 5.2 percent, with a total of 25,045,039 carloads and intermodal units.