Carloads, intermodal volumes pacing ahead of 2016

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Association of American Railroads
Association of American Railroads
WASHINGTON — U.S. rail traffic continues to rebound from 2016 with nine of 10 commodity groups tracked by the Association of American Railroads tallying increases last week.

The AAR report covering the week ending May 13 showed only petroleum and petroleum products with a year-over-year decrease down 20.1 percent to 9,387 carloads. Total commodity carloads of 255,361 were up 7 percent compared to the same week in 2016 while intermodal volume tallied 271,000 containers and trailers, a 4.4-percent increase.

Still setting the pace are grain carloads, up 26.3 percent to 23,256, and coal, up 14 percent to 74,290 loads. Nonmetallic minerals increased 6.5 percent to 38,167 carloads.

For the year-to-date volume stands at 4.9 million carloads, up 6.5 percent compared to the first 19 weeks of 2016, while intermodal volume of 4.9 million was up 1.8 percent.

Car volume for the week in Canada reached 78,046 loads, a 20.4-percent increase, while intermodal traffic increased 17.6 percent to 68,038 units. Mexican commodity shipments continued to struggle as the comparison to 2016 showed 15,898 carloads for the week, down 6.1 percent, while intermodal volumes increased 2.1 percent to 12,084 units.

So far this year carload and intermodal traffic combined is up 10.7 percent in Canada at 2.7 million units and down 2.2 percent in Mexico at 498,560 units.

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