U.S. freight carload traffic during the week rose 2.4% compared with a year ago, while U.S. intermodal volume jumped 7.0%, which AAR noted was "up for the 20th straight week in a row." Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic advanced 4.5% compared with the same week last year.
Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, including grain, up 23.5%, and petroleum and petroleum products, up 21.6%. Declining commodities included coal, down 5.0%.
Canadian freight rail traffic also did well, with Canadian freight carloads rising 4.4% for the week ending Nov. 16, measured against the comparable week in 2012. Canadian intermodal volume gained 5.5%. Mexican freight carload traffic for the week rose 3.2%, while Mexican intermodal failed to join the winners, falling 11.0%.
Combined North American freight carload traffic for the 46 weeks of 2013 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian. and Mexican railroads was up 0.4% measured against the comparable period of a year ago. Combined North American intermodal volume registered a 4.0% gain.