AAR: Freight carload traffic loses momentum in weekly report

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Association of American Railroads
Association of American Railroads
WASHINGTON — After several weeks of steady gains in freight carload traffic, U.S. railroads saw a dip for the week ending Sept. 16.

Railroads handled 260,771 carloads for the week, down 3.6 percent compared with the same week in 2016, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was up 0.9 percent to 270,003 containers and trailers, compared to 2016.

Metallic ores and metals were up 3,292 carloads to 24,696 carloads, but the nine other freight carload commodities recognized by the AAR were down.

They included petroleum and petroleum products, down 2,552 carloads, to 9,083; motor vehicles and parts, down 2,063 carloads, to 16,605; and farm products, excluding grain and food, down 1,943 carloads, to 14,625.

Despite a subpar week in shipments, freight carload and intermodal traffic is still up 3.7 percent compared to 2016.

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