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For the week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 555,127 carloads and intermodal units, up 8.4% compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending January 12 were 266,240 carloads, up 10.3% compared with the same week in 2018, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 288,887 containers and trailers, up 6.8% compared to 2018.
All of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018. Among them were coal, up 11,218 carloads, to 87,228; metallic ores and metals, up 3,967 carloads, to 24,490; and petroleum and petroleum products, up 2,920 carloads, to 13,925.
For the first two weeks of 2019, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 487,999 carloads, up 8.4% from the same point last year; and 503,231 intermodal units, up 5.3% from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first two weeks of 2019 was 991,230 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 6.8% compared to last year.
North American rail volume for the week ending January 12, 2019, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 370,475 carloads, up 10% compared with the same week last year, and 379,970 intermodal units, up 7.7% compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 750,445 carloads and intermodal units, up 8.8%. North American rail volume for the first two weeks of 2019 was 1,345,893 carloads and intermodal units, up 7.3% compared with 2018.
Canadian railroads reported 84,517 carloads for the week, up 13.3%, and 72,357 intermodal units, up 14.2% compared with the same week in 2018. For the first two weeks of 2019, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 287,738 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.8%.
Mexican railroads reported 19,718 carloads for the week, down 5.6% compared with the same week last year, and 18,726 intermodal units, down 1%. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first two weeks of 2019 was 66,925 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 3.6% from the same point last year.
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