Friday, October 27, 2017

All-time weekly record for U.S. intermodal

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All-time weekly record for U.S. intermodal Photo by Doug Wertman, uploaded by xnatedawgx via Wikimedia Commons

Total U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Oct. 21 was 559,989 carloads and intermodal units, up 3% from the same week a year ago, according to the Association of American Railroads. Traffic totaled 268,943 carloads, up 0.2%, while intermodal volume was 291,046 containers and trailers, up 5.6%, and a record for a single week.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked by AAR posted gains on-year led by metallic ores and metals, 15.4%; nonmetallic minerals, 10.3%, and chemicals, 7.3%. Decliners included grain, 9.2%; motor vehicles and parts, 8.6%, and coal, 4.2%.

For the first 42 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 10,909,100 carloads, up 3.6%, and 11,293,191 intermodal units, up 3.7%. Combined U.S. traffic was 22,202,291 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.7% on-year.

North American rail volume for the week on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 368,095 carloads, up 1.8%, and 374,525 intermodal units, up 7.6%. Combined weekly traffic totaled 742,620 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.6%. North American rail volume for the first 42 weeks of 2017 was 29,450,729 carloads and intermodal units, up 5% from 2016.

Canadian railroads reported 82,913 carloads for the week, up 5.9%, and 70,492 intermodal units, up 15.4%. For the first 42 weeks of 2017, cumulative volume of 6,099,307 carloads, containers and trailers was up 11.2%.

Mexican railroads reported 16,239 carloads for the week, up 8.7%, and 12,987 intermodal units, up 13.6%. Cumulative volume for the first 42 weeks of this year was 1,149,131 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 0.9%.

 

 

 

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