U.S. freight carload traffic rose 4.8% for the week ending July 12, measured against the comparable week in 2013. U.S. intermodal volume also rose, as usual, up 3.2%. Total combined U.S. rail traffic notched a 4% gain.
Nine of 10 of the carload commodity groups AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week in 2013. Among the notables: motor vehicles and, up 64.7%, petroleum and petroleum products, up 16.2%, and nonmetallic minerals and products, up 14.2%. Coal was the sole declining commodity, down 5.3%.
Canadian freight carload traffic rose a robust 10.1% for the week ending July 12 measured against a year ago; Canadian intermodal volume was comparably strong, up 9.5%. Mexican freight carload traffic advanced 10.7% for the week compared with a year ago, while Mexican intermodal volume moved up 1.9%.
Combined North American freight carload traffic for the first 28 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was up 2.8% measured against the comparable period in 2013. Combined North American intermodal volume was up 6% for the period, compared with last year.