Weekly U.S. Rail Traffic Sees Slight Increase

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported that U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 22, 2017, totaled 534,152 carloads and intermodal units, a 1.1 percent increase compared to the same week in 2016.

U.S. carloads, which totaled 256,863 for the week, were down 2 percent compared to the same week last year. U.S. intermodal volume for the week totaled 277,289 units, an increase of 4.1 percent compared to 2016.

Three of the 10 carload commodity groups that are tracked by the AAR posted an increase for the week ending July 22, 2017, when compared with the same week in 2016. Coal increased 5.3 percent to 88,304 carloads, nonmetallic minerals saw an increase of 2.9 percent to 38,630 carloads, and forest products were up 1.9 percent to 10,388 carloads.

Grain posted the largest decrease in the commodity groups, with a drop of 15.8 percent to 20,316 carloads, followed by miscellaneous carloads with a decrease of 15.2 percent to 9,258 carloads. Motor vehicles and parts dropped 13.2 percent to 12,696 carloads.

For the first 29 weeks of 2017, U.S. rail volume totaled 15,119,363 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.3 percent when compared to last year. Carloads, with a total of 7,448,686, were up by 5.7 percent, and intermodal, with a total of 7,670,677, 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 22, 2017, was 705,024 carloads and intermodal units, up by 2.8 percent.

For the first 29 weeks of 2017, North American rail volume was up 5.5 percent, with a total of 20,030,682 carloads and intermodal units.