U.S. freight carload traffic advanced a healthy 1.3% for the week compared with the same week a year ago. U.S. intermodal volume scored a 6.4% gain. Total combined U.S. weekly traffic rose a respectable 3.7%.
Six 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 29.7%. Declining commodities once again included coal, down 3.9%.
Canadian freight carload traffic suffered a different fate, down 9.8%. But Canadian intermodal volume advanced 3.5% compared with the same week in 2013. Mexican freight carload traffic fell 2%, while Mexican intermodal also retreated, down 1.4%.
Combined North American freight carload traffic for the first eight weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads remained down 1.9% compared with the same point last year. Combined North American intermodal volume was in better shape, up 0.5% for the eight weeks over 2013.