AAR: Carload traffic mixed for the week of May 18; crude oil still running high

Trains Industry Newsletter
Get a weekly roundup of the industry news you need.
By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine. View our privacy policy.
Association of American Railroads May 18 week of traffic
Association of American Railroads
WASHINGTON — The Association of American Railroads today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 18.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 536,358 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.8% compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending May 18 were 267,006 carloads, up 2.2% compared with the same week in 2018, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 269,352 containers and trailers, down 5.5% compared to 2018.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018. They included coal, up 5,696 carloads, to 84,256; petroleum and petroleum products, up 2,511 carloads, to 13,165; and chemicals, up 1,794 carloads, to 33,646. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 included non-metallic minerals, down 3,657 carloads, to 37,190; forest products, down 655 carloads, to 9,983; and miscellaneous carloads, down 432 carloads, to 9,422.

For the first 20 weeks of 2019, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,031,359 carloads, down 2.1% from the same point last year; and 5,339,107 intermodal units, down 1.9% from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 20 weeks of 2019 was 10,370,466 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 2% compared to last year.

North American rail volume for the week ending May 18, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 373,951 carloads, up 1.9% compared with the same week last year, and 356,816 intermodal units, down 4.3% compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 730,767 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.2%. North American rail volume for the first 20 weeks of 2019 was 14,094,277 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.3% compared with 2018.

Canadian railroads reported 85,865 carloads for the week, up 2.7%, and 69,605 intermodal units, down 1.8% compared with the same week in 2018. For the first 20 weeks of 2019, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 2,997,461 carloads, containers and trailers, up 2.3%.

Mexican railroads reported 21,080 carloads for the week, down 5.2% compared with the same week last year, and 17,859 intermodal units, up 6%. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 20 weeks of 2019 was 726,350 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 4.6% from the same point last year.

— An Association of American Railroads news release. May 22, 2019

NEWSWIRETrains News Wire

  • Previous Day
  • May 22, 2019
  • Next Day
Leave a Comment
Want to leave a comment?
Only registered members of TrainsMag.com are allowed to leave comments. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.
Please keep your feedback on-topic and respectful. Trains staffers reserve the right to edit or delete any comments.
0 COMMENTS
FREE DOWNLOAD

FREE DOWNLOAD

150 facts about the Transcontinental Railroad.

SEE INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy
Subscribe Up To 54% off the newsstand price!
Subscribe To Trains Mag Today
+