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For the week ended June 22, 2019, and as we’ve recently seen, weekly rail traffic and total carloads were down, and just one of the 10 carload commodity groups posted a yearly increase, according to the AAR.
U.S. weekly rail traffic for this week was 525,116 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.8% compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week were 257,836 carloads, down 4% year-over-year, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 267,280 containers and trailers, down 7.5% compared to 2018.
The one commodity group to post an increase compared with the same week in 2018 was petroleum and petroleum products, up 2,655 carloads, to 14,062. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 included commodities such as coal, down 4,590 carloads, to 78,543; nonmetallic minerals, down 2,085 carloads, to 36,309; and metallic ores and metals, down 2,071 carloads, to 22,662.
For the first 25 weeks of 2019, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,290,803 carloads, down 2.9% from the same point last year; and 6,652,512 intermodal units, down 3% from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 25 weeks of 2019 was 12,943,315 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 2.9% compared to last year.
This article first appeared on www.railwayage.com
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