AAR: Freight traffic up 5.9 percent

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Association of American Railroads
Association of American Railroads
WASHINGTON — American freight railroads moved 554,779 carloads of freight and intermodal during the second week of December, a 5.9-percent increase over the same week in 2016, the Association of American Railroads reports.

Total carloads for the week ending Dec. 16 were 265,169 carloads, up 4.1-percent compared with the same week in 2016, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 289,610 containers and trailers, up 7.6 percent compared to 2016.

Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2016. They included non-metallic minerals, up 6,158 carloads, to 34,003; chemicals, up 2,436 carloads, to 32,224; and metallic ores and metals, up 2,178 carloads, to 23,137.

For the first 50 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads reported a cumulative volume of 13,013,090 carloads, up 3.0 percent from the same point last year; and 13,528,272 intermodal units, up 3.8 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 50 weeks of 2017 was 26,541,362 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.4 percent compared to last year.

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