US rail traffic continues to climb in latest data report

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WASHINGTON – Rail freight traffic continues to rebound, according to recent data from the Association of American Railroads. U.S. railroads handled more than 246,000 carloads and intermodal units last week, a volume increase of more than 2 percent compared with the same week in 2016.

For the week ending March 18, carload traffic was up more than 4.6 percent while intermodal traffic was up slightly at 0.3 percent for the week. Coal increased almost 19 percent for the week to 77,123 carloads, while grain shipments were also up at 8.1 percent to 23,343 carloads. Nonmetallic minerals posted a 3.3 percent increase compared with the same week in 2016.

Motor vehicles and related parts were down more than 13 percent for the week and petroleum products were down about 9 percent.

So far this year, U.S. railroads have handled more than 5.6 million carloads and intermodal units, a volume increase of 2.5 percent when compared with last year.

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