Intermodal and rail carload volumes up

September 7, 2017 – SmartPort Kansas City reports, “The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported US rail traffic was up 2.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads were up 0.3 percent compared with the same week in 2016, while US intermodal volume was up 5.1 percent when compared to 2016.

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Carload commodity groups such as coal, nonmetallic minerals and chemicals posted an increase, while grain, petroleum and petroleum products, and motor vehicles and parts are down. For the first 32 weeks of 2017, US railroads reported cumulative volume up 5.1 percent from the same point last year and intermodals units up 3.2 percent from last year. Total combined US traffic for the first 32 weeks of 2017 was more than 16 million carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.2 percent compared to last year.

North American rail volume on 13 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railroads was up 5.4 percent for the first 32 weeks of 2017 when compared to 2016.”

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