AAR: Freight, coal traffic up for the week of March 4

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Association of American Railroads
WASHINGTON — Coal traffic was up 18.7 percent last week compared to the same time last year, according to the Association of American Railroads. Overall freight rail traffic was up 1.8 percent, although intermodal and container traffic was down 2.3 percent compared to the same week in 2016.

In total, U.S. railroads moved more than 521,600 carloads and intermodal containers last week.
Five of the 10 major commodity groups AAR tracks posted increases for the week that ended March 4. Those include coal, grain (up 7.5 percent) and miscellaneous carloads (up 7.3 percent). Among the five carload groups that declined last week when compared to the same time period last year were petroleum, chemicals, and motor vehicles and parts.

For the first nine weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads have moved more than 2.3 million carloads, an increase of 5 percent from the same point last year. Canadian railroads reported a 12.8-percent increase in carloads for last week over the previous year while Mexican railroads reported a slight decline.

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