Rail Traffic for the Week Ending November 16, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 20, 2019 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 16, 2019.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 501,249 carloads and intermodal units, down 8.4 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending November 16 were 239,647 carloads, down 8.9 percent compared with the same week in 2018, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 261,602 containers and trailers, down 7.9 percent compared to 2018.

One of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018. It was petroleum and petroleum products, up 1,357 carloads, to 13,977. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2018 included coal, down 13,610 carloads, to 72,611; metallic ores and metals, down 4,729 carloads, to 19,017; and nonmetallic minerals, down 3,069 carloads, to 30,184.

For the first 46 weeks of 2019, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,577,275 carloads, down 4.4 percent from the same point last year; and 12,249,836 intermodal units, down 4.6 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 46 weeks of 2019 was 23,827,111 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 4.5 percent compared to last year.

North American rail volume for the week ending November 16, 2019, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 342,686 carloads, down 7.6 percent compared with the same week last year, and 344,769 intermodal units, down 7.1 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 687,455 carloads and intermodal units, down 7.4 percent. North American rail volume for the first 46 weeks of 2019 was 32,539,973 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.4 percent compared with 2018.

Canadian railroads reported 82,975 carloads for the week, down 4.4 percent, and 65,188 intermodal units, down 6.8 percent compared with the same week in 2018. For the first 46 weeks of 2019, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 6,972,827 carloads, containers and trailers, up 0.3 percent.

Mexican railroads reported 20,064 carloads for the week, down 5.6 percent compared with the same week last year, and 17,979 intermodal units, up 3.7 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 46 weeks of 2019 was 1,740,035 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 2.7 percent from the same point last year.

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