AAR: Rail traffic steadily rising

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Good news from the Association of American Railroads’ traffic report for the week ending Sept. 5 is that, compared to the same week in 2014, total U.S. rail traffic, which includes carloads and intermodal, was up 8 percent. The overall increase was led by a 17 percent increase in intermodal traffic for the week, with 567,206 units.

While coal and crude oil declined for the week ending Sept. 5, metallic ores and metals led the carload decline with a drop of 17.3 percent when compared with the same week in 2014. Although overall carload traffic was down 0.4 percent, bright spots for carload traffic included a 19.5 percent increase in motor vehicles and parts, an 18.3 percent increase in miscellaneous carloads, and an improvement of 9.6 percent in grain.

AAR charts are below:
Association of American Railroads
Association of American Railroads
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