AAR: weekly traffic down 4% in North America

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported for the week ending September 3, 2016, total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 703,721 carloads and intermodal units, down 4%.

North American rail volume for the week ending September 3, 2016, on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 362,389 carloads, was down 4.1% compared with the same week last year, and 341,332 intermodal units, down 3.9% compared with last year.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2015. They included grain, up 30.2% to 24,455 carloads; miscellaneous carloads, up 24.1% to 11,425 carloads; and motor vehicles and parts, up 5.5% to 19,557 carloads. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2015 included petroleum and petroleum products, down 24.4% to 10,770 carloads; coal, down 16.2% to 90,575 carloads; and forest products, down 6.8% to 10,631 carloads.

Canadian railroads reported 75,431 carloads for the week, up 0.4%, and 63,715 intermodal units, down 0.4% compared with the same week in 2015. For the first 35 weeks of 2016, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 4,505,714 carloads, containers and trailers, down 6.9%.

Mexican railroads reported 13,841 carloads for the week, down 10.5% compared with the same week last year, and 11,908 intermodal units, up 5.2%. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 35 weeks of 2016 was 940,177 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 2.2% from the same point last year.

North American rail volume for the first 35 weeks of 2016 was 23,157,141 carloads and intermodal units, down 6.9% compared with 2015.

 

 

 

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