U.S. freight carload traffic rose 5.6% for the week, measured against the comparable week in 2013, while U.S. intermodal volume, not surprisingly, registered another weekly gain, up 7.7%. Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was up 6.6% compared with a year ago.
Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases, including grain, up 29.7%, and nonmetallic minerals and products , up 13%. Declining commodities were led by chemicals, down 2.2%.
Canadian freight rail traffic also fared well during the week ending May 10. Canadian freight carload moves rose 10.3%, while Canadian intermodal volume rose 14.7%. In similar fashion, Mexican freight carload traffic for the week rose 7.4% compared to year-ago levels, while Mexican intermodal volume registered comparatively modest, but still positive, gains, up 2.3%.
Combined North American rail volume for the first 19 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads totaled 7,100,856 carloads, up 1.1% measured against the comparable period in 2013. Combined North American intermodal volume was up 5.2%.