AAR: Rail traffic up slightly in weekly report

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Association of American Railroads
Association of American Railroads
WASHINGTON — U.S. rail traffic is up slightly according to a weekly data report from the Association of American Railroads. For the week ending July 22, U.S. railroads handled more than 534,150 carloads and intermodal units, up about 1.1 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total freight carload traffic was down 2 percent for the week, offset by a 4-percent climb in intermodal container and trailer traffic.

Only three of the AAR’s 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase last week. They were coal, up 5.3 percent to 88,304 carloads; non-metallic minerals, up 2.9 percent to 38,630 carloads; and forest products, up 1.9 percent to 10,388 carloads.

Other commodities posted a decrease in traffic. Grain volumes were down 15.8 percent to 20,316 carloads; miscellaneous carloads, down 15.2 percent to 9,258 carloads; and motor vehicles and parts, down 13.2 percent to 12,696 carloads.

So far this year, U.S. rail and intermodal traffic is up 4.3 percent compared to last year.

See the news release online.

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