U.S. freight carload traffic rose 4.5% for the week, measured against the comparable week in 2013, while U.S. intermodal volume continued its long-running winning streak, up 4.5%. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was up 3.9% compared with a year ago.
Eight of 10 of the carload commodity groups AAR measures on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including petroleum and petroleum products, up 32.1%, grain, up 26.5%, and nonmetallic minerals, up 9.6%. The two declining commodities included coal , down 2.6%, and farm products excluding grain, and food, down 1.3%.
Canadian freight carload traffic for the week ending Aug. 9 also did well, up 7.3% compared with the same week in 2013, while Canadian intermodal volume rose 9.7%. Mexican freight carload traffic fell 4.5% for the week compared with a year ago, while Mexican intermodal volume advanced 8.6%.
Combined North American freight carload traffic for the first 32 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroadsw as up 3.2%, measured against the comparable period in 2013. Combined North American intermodal volume was up 5.9% for the period.