AAR: Intermodal up 6.8-percent in weekly railcar report

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Chase Gunnoe
WASHINGTON — Intermodal container and trailer volume was up nearly 7 percent for the week ending Aug. 5, the Association of American Railroads reports. According to the group’s weekly railcar report, U.S. railroads handled more than 554,820 carloads last week, up 4.3 percent compared with the same week as last year.

Freight carload traffic was up 1.9 percent, while weekly intermodal volume was up 6.8 percent compared to 2016.

In addition to intermodal gains, six of the 10 carload commodity groups recognized by the AAR also posted gains. They included nonmetallic minerals, up 3,559 cars to 40,264 carloads; coal, up 3,073 cars to 92,517 carloads; and chemicals, up 1,993 cars to 32,621 carloads.

Grain volumes were down by more than 3,200 carloads to 20,846 carloads, while motor vehicles and auto parts were down a little more than 1,100 carloads for the week. Petroleum and related petroleum products were down 1,112 cars to 9,386 carloads for the week.

The uptick in both freight carload and intermodal traffic is contributing to a 4.2 percent gain in rail traffic so far this year. For the first 31 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads have handled more than 16.2 million carloads and intermodal units.

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