U.S. freight carload traffic for the week rose 2.8% measured against the comparable week in 2013, AAR said, while U.S. intermodal volume moved up 5.4%. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic notched a 4% rise.
Nine of 10 of the carload commodity groups AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including petroleum and petroleum products up 19.5%, metallic ores and metals , up 11.6%, nonmetallic minerals, up 7.4%, and grain, up 7.1%. Only coal failed to reach the winner's column, down 3.3% for the week.
Canadian rail traffic also did well during the week ending Aug. 16. Canadian freight carload traffic gained 4.4%, while Canadian intermodal volume registered an impressive percentage gain, up 10.1%, measured against the comparable week in 2013.
Mexican railroads fared less well, with Mexican freight carload traffic declining 2.9% for the week ending Aug. 16, while Mexican intermodal also retreated, down 1.1%.
Combined North American freight carload traffic for the first 33 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was up 3.2%, while combined North American intermodal volume notched a 5.9% gain for the period.