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November 06, 2018

Strong intermodal freight growth for American railways

U.S. rail traffic for the week ending October 27, 2018 reported by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) shows that total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 562,804 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.4 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending October 27 were 268,535 carloads, up 2.6 percent compared with the same week in 2017, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 294,269 containers and trailers, up 6.1 percent compared to 2017.

Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2017.

For the first 43 weeks of 2018, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,316,291 carloads, up 1.9 percent from the same point last year; and 11,986,177 intermodal units, up 5.7 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 43 weeks of 2018 was 23,302,468 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.8 percent compared to last year.

Source: AAR