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May 08, 2017
Railway freight traffic in the United States increased 5.2% in April
According to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), U.S. rail freight traffic in April totaled 1,023,300 carloads in April 2017, up 8.4 percent, or 78,949 carloads, over April 2016. U.S. railroads also originated 1,052,001 containers and trailers in April 2017, up 2.3 percent, or 23,448 units, from the same month last year.
For April, combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations in April 2017 totaled 2,075,301, up 5.2 percent or 102,397 carloads and intermodal units over April 2016.
In April 2017, 10 of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month saw carload gains compared with April 2016. These included: coal, up 26.7 percent or 65,158 carloads; grain, up 18.7 percent or 14,612 carloads; and crushed stone, sand and gravel, up 12.9 percent or 11,777 carloads. Commodities that saw declines in April 2017 from April 2016 included: petroleum and petroleum products, down 13.1 percent or 5,929 carloads; motor vehicles and parts, down 9.1 percent or 6,777 carloads; and metallic ores, down 8.4 percent or 2,083 carloads.
Excluding coal, carloads were up 2 percent, or 13,791 carloads, in April 2017 over April 2016.
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