Double-digits for intermodal traffic

Stuart Chirls, Senior Oct 12, 2017

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    Written by: Stuart Chirls, Senior Editor
    The Association of American Railroads said total U.S. rail traffic for the week ending October 7 was 554,826 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.3% compared with the same week in 2016. Traffic included 269,336 carloads, up 2%, while intermodal volume was 285,490 containers and trailers, up 10.8%.

    Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2016. They included nonmetallic minerals, 14.3%; chemicals, 10.7%, and metallic ores and metals, 8.6%.

    Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2016 were coal, 3.0%; grain, 7.9%, and motor vehicles and parts, 9.2%.

    For the first 40 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 10,375,996 carloads, up 3.7% on-year, and 10,718,042 intermodal units, up 3.6%. Total combined traffic was 21,094,038 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.7%.

    North American weekly rail volume on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 367,435 carloads, up 2.1%, and 371,039 intermodal units, up 11.6% from the same period in 2016. Total combined weekly traffic was 738,474 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.7%. Volume for the first 40 weeks of 2017 was 27,979,390 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.1%.

    Canadian railroads reported 82,819 carloads for the week, up 2.7%, and 71,937 intermodal units, up 16.5% on-year. For the first 40 weeks of 2017, cumulative volume of 5,794,428 carloads, containers and trailers was up 11.3%.

    Mexican railroads reported 15,280 carloads for the week, up 0.9% compared with the same week a year ago, and 13,612 intermodal units, up 3.2%. Cumulative volume for the first 40 weeks of this year was 1,090,924 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 0.6%.

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