Aggregate, minerals lead weekly AAR carloads

Written by Railway Age Staff
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The Association of American Railroads said U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Aug. 5, 2017 totaled 554,822 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.3% compared with the same week a year ago.

Total traffic was 273,199 carloads, up 1.9% while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 281,623 containers and trailers, up 6.8%.

Six of 10 carload commodity groups tracked by AAR posted an increase on-year including nonmetallic minerals, 9.7%; coal, 3.4%, and chemicals, 6.5%.

Commodities posting decreases included grain, 13.6%; motor vehicles and parts, 6.9%, and petroleum and petroleum products, 10.6%.

North American rail volume for the week on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 363,386 carloads, up 2.9%, and 362,096 intermodal units, up 8.4%. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 725,482 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.6%.

Canadian railroads reported 76,274 carloads for the week, up 8.3%, and 69,263 intermodal units, up 15.6%.

Mexican railroads reported 13,913 carloads, down 5 %, and 11,210 intermodal units, up 7.9%.

For the first 31 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 7,991,891 carloads, up 5.3%, and 8,232,650 intermodal units, up 3.2%. Total combined U.S. traffic was 16,224,541 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.2%.

North American rail volume year-to-date was 21,483,408 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.4%. Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 4,422,925 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.5%. umulative volume on Mexican railroads was 835,942 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 0.3% from the same point a year ago.







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