U.S. freight carload traffic moved up an impressive 9.4%, while U.S. intermodal volume maintained its momentum, up 10.5%, compared with the same week in 2013. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was up a solid 9.9%.
Notably, all 10 of the carload commodity groups AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including motor vehicles and parts , up 53.7%, grain, up 21.7%, and metallic ores and metals, up 14.5%.
Canadian railroads fared well as well. Canadian freight carload traffic for the week ending July 5 rose 12.4% from the comparable week in 2013, while Canadian intermodal volume advanced 12.9%. Mexican railroads fared less well, with Mexican freight carload traffic down 2.2% for the week, though Mexican intermodal volume did better, up 12%.
Combined North American freight carload traffic for the first 27 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was up 2.7% measured against the comparable period in 2013. Combined North American intermodal volume for the period was 6% above the 2013 counterpart.