AAR: Coal traffic up 30 percent as railroads log carload gains

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Association of American Railroads
Association of American Railroads
WASHINGTON — U.S. railroads had another solid performance during the week of April 22 with freight carload and intermodal traffic exceeding 2016 levels by 4.7 percent, the Association of American Railroads reports.

Upticks in coal and grain traffic contributed to an 11.6-percent increase in freight carload traffic, which helped offset a 1.3-percent dip in intermodal volume for the week. Despite a slight decline in intermodal traffic, railroads still handled 4.7-percent more rail traffic last week than the same week in 2016.

Six of the commodity groups posted an increased compared with the same week in 2016. They included coal, up 30.9 percent to 76,864 carloads; grain, up 28.7 percent to 23,521 carloads; and metallic ores and metals, up 12.8 percent to 25,194 carloads.

Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2016 included motor vehicles and parts, down 11 percent to 17,030 carloads; petroleum and petroleum products, down 8.9 percent to 10,346 carloads; and miscellaneous carloads, down 6.4 percent to 8,913 carloads.

For the first 16 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads handled more than 8.2 million carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.8 percent compared to last year.

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