AAR: Rail, intermodal traffic posts modest gains in latest report

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Association of American Railroads
Association of American Railroads
WASHINGTON — Rail traffic was up slightly in the latest weekly railcar report published by the Association of American Railroads.

For the week ending Aug. 26, freight carload traffic was up 1 percent, while intermodal and container traffic was up 3.6 percent.

Only four of the 10 commodity groups tracked by the industry trade group posted gains last week. They included coal, up 4,756 carloads, to 96,317 cars; metallic ores and metals, up 2,467 carloads, to 23,941 cars; and nonmetallic minerals, up 2,444 carloads, to 39,999 cars.

Several commodities were also down for the week when compared with the same week in 2016. They included motor vehicles and parts, down 3,237 carloads, to 16,156 cars; grain, down 1,845 carloads, to 19,881 cars; and farm products excluding grain, and food, down 1,532 carloads, to 14,926 cars.

For the entire year, freight carload traffic is up 4.9 percent, while intermodal traffic is up around 3.4 percent. Combined, the total amount of rail and intermodal traffic is up 4.1 percent compared to last year.

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