U.S. freight carload traffic for the week rose 4.5% when measured against the comparable period in 2013. U.S. intermodal volume moved up 6.8%. Total U.S. weekly rail traffic notched a 5.6% gain compared with the same week in 2013.
Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, led by grain, up 37.6%. Of the two declining commodities, chemicals slipped 0.2%.
Declining commodities included with 21,016 carloads, up 37.6 percent. The commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year were led by chemicals with 30,965 carloads, down 0.2 percent.
Canadian freight carload traffic for the week ending May 17 rose 8.2%, while Canadian intermodal volume advanced 9.9%. Mexican freight carload traffic for the week moved up 4.4%, while Mexican intermodal gained 6.1%.
Combined North American rail volume for the first 20 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was solidly in the black, up 1.3%, measured against the comparable period in 2013. Combined North American intermodal was up 5.3% compared with the first 20 weeks of a year ago.