Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending March 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 27, 2019 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 23, 2019.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 503,017 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending March 23 were 236,817 carloads, down 10.9 percent compared with the same week in 2018, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 266,200 containers and trailers, up 2.1 percent compared to 2018.

Two of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018. They were petroleum and petroleum products, up 2,233 carloads, to 12,132; and motor vehicles and parts, up 422 carloads, to 17,102. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 included coal, down 22,096 carloads, to 65,317; chemicals, down 3,110 carloads, to 30,682; and metallic ores and metals, down 2,327 carloads, to 19,978.

For the first 12 weeks of 2019, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,953,703 carloads, down 2.5 percent from the same point last year; and 3,208,405 intermodal units, down 0.6 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 12 weeks of 2019 was 6,162,108 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 1.5 percent compared to last year.

North American rail volume for the week ending March 23, 2019, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 340,310 carloads, down 7.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 352,422 intermodal units, up 1.3 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 692,732 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.4 percent. North American rail volume for the first 12 weeks of 2019 was 8,322,982 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.3 percent compared with 2018.

Canadian railroads reported 82,708 carloads for the week, essentially unchanged from 2018, and 71,236 intermodal units, up 0.5 percent compared with the same week in 2018. For the first 12 weeks of 2019, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 1,731,946 carloads, containers and trailers, up 1.2 percent.

Mexican railroads reported 20,785 carloads for the week, down 1.6 percent compared with the same week last year, and 14,986 intermodal units, down 7.2 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 12 weeks of 2019 was 428,928 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 7.0 percent from the same point last year.

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