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As AAR noted last week, things are improving for rail traffic. Total carloads for the week ended May 4 were 268,559 carloads, up 1% compared with the same week in 2018. However, U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 266,530 containers and trailers, down 4.9% compared to 2018.
Four of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018, such as coal, up 6,712 carloads, to 84,481; petroleum and petroleum products, up 3,367 carloads, to 13,231; and miscellaneous carloads, up 1,295 carloads, to 9,543. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 included nonmetallic minerals, down 4,072 carloads, to 37,103; grain, down 2,811 carloads, to 22,287; and motor vehicles and parts, down 2,060 carloads, to 16,491.
For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 535,089 carloads and intermodal units, down 2% compared with the same week last year.
For the first 18 weeks of 2019, U.S. railroads reported the cumulative volume of 4,505,712 carloads, down 2.3% from the same point last year; and 4,799,133 intermodal units, down 1.6% from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 18 weeks of 2019 was 9,304,845 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 1.9% compared to last year.
This article first appeared on www.railwayage.com
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