For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 513,022 carloads and intermodal units, up 7.1% compared with the same week in 2016. Carloads totaled 252,056 units, up 9.8%, while intermodal volume was 260,966 containers and trailers, up 4.6% from the year-ago period.
Five of the 10 carload commodities tracked by the AAR posted gains including coal, up 29% to 75,078 carloads; grain, up 26% to 23,778 carloads, and nonmetallic minerals, up 7.6% to 37,582 carloads.
Commodities showing declines on-year included petroleum and petroleum products, off 15.7% to 10,020 carloads; metallic ores and metals, down 1.4% to 20,941 carloads, and forest products, down 1% to 9,929 carloads.
Through the first 14 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads had volume of 3,576,158 carloads, ahead 6% percent, and 3,648,646 intermodal units, up 1.7%. Total combined U.S. traffic was 7,224,804 carloads and intermodal units, a gain of 3.8% percent compared to 2016.
North American rail volume for the week on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 345,891 carloads, an increase of 9.6%, and 334,403 intermodal units, up 5.3% Total combined weekly rail traffic reached 680,294 carloads and intermodal units, up 7.5%. Volume for the first 14 weeks of this year was 9,553,592 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.6%.
Canadian railroads reported 77,948 carloads for the week, up 10.2%, and an identical gain for 62,669 intermodal units. For the year, cumulative rail traffic of 1,959,582 carloads, containers and trailers surged 9%.
Mexican railroads reported 15,887 carloads for the week, up 3.8% and 10,768 intermodal units, off 3.7% for the week ending April 8. Cumulative volume for the first 14 weeks of the year was 369,206 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, a narrow decline of 0.3% from a year ago.
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