Carload, intermodal traffic still on the rise

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Association of American Railroads
Association of American Railroads
WASHINGTON — U.S. freight railroads had another solid week according to the Association of Americans and its weekly railcar data report. Freight carload traffic was up 2.3 percent and intermodal volume was nearly 5 percent last week.

Four of the 10 carload commodity groups recognized by the industry trade group posted gains last week. They included coal, up 11.2 percent to 85,975 carloads; nonmetallic minerals, up 10.4 percent to 39,632 carloads; and chemicals, up 2.2 percent to 30,391 carloads.

Petroleum traffic was still down at more than 16 percent to 9,789 carloads and motor vehicles and auto parts were down 12.1 percent to 16,997 carloads. Metallic ores and minerals were also down 8.5 percent to only 22,522 carloads.

Despite mixed results on some commodities, rail carload and intermodal traffic is still outperforming last year’s numbers. For the first 25 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads have handled 4.5 percent more rail traffic than this time last year.

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