Rail Traffic for the Week Ending November 12, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 16, 2022 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 12, 2022.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 490,350 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.5 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending November 12 were 235,474 carloads, down 0.2 percent compared with the same week in 2021, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 254,876 containers and trailers, down 4.5 percent compared to 2021.

Four of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2021. They included motor vehicles and parts, up 2,142 carloads, to 14,829; nonmetallic minerals, up 1,676 carloads, to 32,706; and farm products excl. grain, and food, up 742 carloads, to 17,242. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2021 included grain, down 1,366 carloads, to 23,932; chemicals, down 1,360 carloads, to 32,168; and metallic ores and metals, down 915 carloads, to 19,346.

For the first 45 weeks of 2022, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 10,450,126 carloads, up 0.2 percent from the same point last year; and 11,835,682 intermodal units, down 4.7 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 45 weeks of 2022 was 22,285,808 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 2.5 percent compared to last year.

North American rail volume for the week ending November 12, 2022, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 334,731 carloads, down 0.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 335,949 intermodal units, down 4.9 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 670,680 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.8 percent. North American rail volume for the first 45 weeks of 2022 was 30,550,437 carloads and intermodal units, down 2 percent compared with 2021.

Canadian railroads reported 78,840 carloads for the week, up 0.8 percent, and 66,417 intermodal units, down 5.4 percent compared with the same week in 2021. For the first 45 weeks of 2022, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 6,567,421 carloads, containers and trailers, down 1.8 percent.

Mexican railroads reported 20,417 carloads for the week, down 11.1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 14,656 intermodal units, down 9.6 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 45 weeks of 2022 was 1,697,208 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 3.5 percent from the same point last year.

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For more information contact: AAR Media Relations at [email protected] or 202-639-2345.

About AAR: The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is the world’s leading railroad policy, research and technology organization focusing on the safety and productivity of rail carriers. AAR members include the major freight railroads of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak. Learn more at www.aar.org.

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