AAR: Intermodal traffic up more than 8 percent in weekly report

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Association of American Railroads
Association of American Railroads
WASHINGTON — Intermodal and container traffic was up 8.2 percent last week, while freight carload traffic was up only 0.8 percent, the Association of American Railroads reports in its weekly rail traffic analysis.

For the week ending Aug. 19, U.S. railroads handled 554,021 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.4 percent compared with the same week last year.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups recognized by the AAR posted gains last week. They included coal, up 8,391 carloads, to 97,873; nonmetallic minerals, up 3,220 carloads, to 40,109; and metallic ores and metals, up 2,173 carloads, to 23,580 carloads.

Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2016 included grain, down 7,031 carloads, to 17,913; motor vehicles and parts, down 2,346 carloads, to 16,626; and petroleum and petroleum products, down 1,575 carloads, to 9,357 carloads.

For the entire year, freight carload traffic is up 5 percent from the same point last year and intermodal traffic is up 3.4 percent from last year. Together, freight carload and intermodal traffic is up 4.2 percent for the year.

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