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#21 CNJRoss

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 06:41 AM

AAR news release:

 
AAR Reports Weekly Rail Traffic for May and the Week Ending June 3, 2017

 

Washington, D.C. – June 7, 2017

 

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 3, 2017, as well as volume for May 2017.

 

U.S. railroads originated 1,286,075 carloads in May 2017, up 8.4 percent, or 99,290 carloads, over May 2016. U.S. railroads also originated 1,339,417 containers and trailers in May 2017, up 4.6 percent, or 58,665 units, from the same month last year. Combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations in May 2017 were 2,625,492, up 6.4 percent or 157,955 carloads and intermodal units over May 2016.

 

"All things considered, May was a good month for rail traffic," said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray.  "Thirteen of the 20 commodity categories we track had higher carloads in May 2017 than in May 2016, including the four biggest categories — coal, chemicals, crushed stone and sand, and grain.   Excluding coal, carloads in May were up 4.1%, their biggest monthly increase in more than two years, and May was the best intermodal month of the year."

 

In May 2017, 11 of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month saw carload gains compared with May 2016. These included: coal, up 19.6 percent or 64,059 carloads; grain, up 24.5 percent or 22,963 carloads; and crushed stone, sand and gravel, up 15.3 percent or 17,416 carloads. Commodities that saw declines in May 2017 from May 2016 included: petroleum and petroleum products, down 16.5 percent or 9,365 carloads; primary forest products, down 12.1 percent or 742 carloads; and motor vehicles and parts, down 3.8 percent or 3,419 carload.

 

Excluding coal, carloads were up 4.1 percent, or 35,231 carloads, in May 2017 over May 2016.

 

Total U.S. carload traffic for the first five months of 2017 was 5,633,477 carloads, up 6.8 percent, or 358,904 carloads, from the same period last year; and 5,779,098 intermodal units, up 2.3 percent, or 130,090 containers and trailers, from last year.

 

Week Ending June 3, 2017

Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 17 weeks of 2017 was 8,787,083 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.9 percent compared to last year.

 

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 500,192 carloads and intermodal units, up 9.8 percent compared with the same week last year.

 

Total carloads for the week ending June 3 were 252,853 carloads, up 12.7 percent compared with the same week in 2016, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 247,339 containers and trailers, up 7 percent compared to 2016.

 

Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2016. They included grain, up 22.5 percent to 22,838 carloads; coal, up 21.5 percent to 82,523 carloads; and nonmetallic minerals, up 19.2 percent to 35,850 carloads. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2016 were petroleum and petroleum products, down 5.5 percent to 9,183 carloads; miscellaneous carloads, down 4.6 percent to 8,615 carloads; and motor vehicles and parts, down 1.4 percent to 15,195 carloads.

 

For the first 22 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,633,477 carloads, up 6.8 percent from the same point last year; and 5,779,098 intermodal units, up 2.3 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 22 weeks of 2017 was 11,412,575 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.5 percent compared to last year.

 

North American rail volume for the week ending June 3, 2017, on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 344,957 carloads, up 12.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 326,475 intermodal units, up 8.8 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 671,432 carloads and intermodal units, up 10.6 percent. North American rail volume for the first 22 weeks of 2017 was 15,122,888 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.5 percent compared with 2016.

 

Canadian railroads reported 75,459 carloads for the week, up 13.4 percent, and 67,319 intermodal units, up 17.6 percent compared with the same week in 2016. For the first 22 weeks of 2017, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 3,125,812 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.1 percent.

 

Mexican railroads reported 16,645 carloads for the week, up 1.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,817 intermodal units, up 1.4 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 22 weeks of 2017 was 584,501 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 2 percent from the same point last year.

 

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 06:25 AM

AAR news release:

 
AAR Reports Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending June 10, 2017  

Washington, D.C. –  June 14, 2017

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 10, 2017.

 

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 545,317 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.2 percent compared with the same week last year.

 

Total carloads for the week ending June 10 were 265,717 carloads, up 7.1 percent compared with the same week in 2016, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 279,600 containers and trailers, up 5.3 percent compared to 2016.

 

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2016. They included coal, up 16.7 percent to 85,516 carloads; nonmetallic minerals, up 13.6 percent to 39,867 carloads; and grain, up 10.4 percent to 22,409 carloads. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2016 included petroleum and petroleum products, down 11.3 percent to 9,601 carloads; motor vehicles and parts, down 5.7 percent to 17,776 carloads; and farm products excl. grain, and food, down 4.2 percent to 15,857 carloads.

 

For the first 23 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,899,194 carloads, up 6.8 percent from the same point last year; and 6,058,698 intermodal units, up 2.4 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 23 weeks of 2017 was 11,957,892 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.6 percent compared to last year.

 

North American rail volume for the week ending June 10, 2017, on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 360,753 carloads, up 8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 360,333 intermodal units, up 7.5 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 721,086 carloads and intermodal units, up 7.7 percent. North American rail volume for the first 23 weeks of 2017 was 15,843,974 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.6 percent compared with 2016.

 

Canadian railroads reported 77,599 carloads for the week, up 13.3 percent, and 68,826 intermodal units, up 18.3 percent compared with the same week in 2016. For the first 23 weeks of 2017, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 3,272,237 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.3 percent.

 

Mexican railroads reported 17,437 carloads for the week, down 0.1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,907 intermodal units, up 2.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 23 weeks of 2017 was 613,845 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 1.8 percent from the same point last year. 

 

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 08:01 PM

AAR news release:

 
AAR Reports Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending June 17, 2017  

Washington, D.C. –  June 21, 2017

 

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 17, 2017.

 

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 543,179 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.2 percent compared with the same week last year.

 

Total carloads for the week ending June 17 were 266,402 carloads, up 6.2 percent compared with the same week in 2016, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 276,777 containers and trailers, up 4.3 percent compared to 2016.

 

Six of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2016. They included nonmetallic minerals, up 15.5 percent to 39,654 carloads; coal, up 15.1 percent to 87,066 carloads; and chemicals, up 5.7 percent to 31,288 carloads. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2016 included petroleum and petroleum products, down 12.4 percent to 9,326 carloads; motor vehicles and parts, down 8.1 percent to 17,189 carloads; and grain, down 4.6 percent to 21,677 carloads.

 

For the first 24 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,165,596 carloads, up 6.8 percent from the same point last year; and 6,335,475 intermodal units, up 2.5 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 24 weeks of 2017 was 12,501,071 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.6 percent compared to last year.

 

North American rail volume for the week ending June 17, 2017, on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 363,399 carloads, up 8.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 356,805 intermodal units, up 6.8 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 720,204 carloads and intermodal units, up 7.6 percent. North American rail volume for the first 24 weeks of 2017 was 16,564,178 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.7 percent compared with 2016.

 

Canadian railroads reported 78,763 carloads for the week, up 17.1 percent, and 67,962 intermodal units, up 17.8 percent compared with the same week in 2016. For the first 24 weeks of 2017, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 3,418,962 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.6 percent.

 

Mexican railroads reported 18,234 carloads for the week, up 6.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 12,066 intermodal units, up 10 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 24 weeks of 2017 was 644,145 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 1.4 percent from the same point last year.

 



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Posted 29 June 2017 - 04:52 AM

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AAR Reports Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending June 24, 2017

 

Washington, D.C. – June 28, 2017

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 24, 2017.

 

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 544,694 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.6 percent compared with the same week last year.

 

Total carloads for the week ending June 24 were 263,504 carloads, up 2.3 percent compared with the same week in 2016, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 281,190 containers and trailers, up 4.9 percent compared to 2016.

 

Four of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2016. They included coal, up 11.2 percent to 85,975 carloads; nonmetallic minerals, up 10.4 percent to 39,632 carloads; and chemicals, up 2.2 percent to 30,391 carloads. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2016 included petroleum and petroleum products, down 16 percent to 9,789 carloads; motor vehicles and parts, down 12.1 percent to 16,997 carloads; and metallic ores and metals, down 8.5 percent to 22,522 carloads.

 

For the first 25 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,429,100 carloads, up 6.6 percent from the same point last year; and 6,616,665 intermodal units, up 2.6 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 25 weeks of 2017 was 13,045,765 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.5 percent compared to last year.

 

North American rail volume for the week ending June 24, 2017, on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 358,880 carloads, up 3.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 360,641 intermodal units, up 6.8 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 719,521 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.3 percent. North American rail volume for the first 25 weeks of 2017 was 17,283,699 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.7 percent compared with 2016.

 

Canadian railroads reported 78,153 carloads for the week, up 12 percent, and 67,229 intermodal units, up 14.8 percent compared with the same week in 2016. For the first 25 weeks of 2017, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 3,564,344 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.6 percent.

 

Mexican railroads reported 17,223 carloads for the week, down 5 percent compared with the same week last year, and 12,222 intermodal units, up 10.4 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 25 weeks of 2017 was 673,590 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 1.3 percent from the same point last year.

 

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 03:17 PM

AAR news release:

 

AAR Reports Weekly Rail Traffic for June and the Week Ending July 1, 2017

 

Washington, D.C. –  July 5, 2017

 

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 1, 2017, as well as volumes for June 2017.

U.S. railroads originated 1,065,976 carloads in June 2017, up 4.4 percent, or 45,174 carloads, from June 2016. U.S. railroads also originated 1,113,575 containers and trailers in June 2017, up 4.6 percent, or 49,425 units, from the same month last year. Combined U.S. carload and intermodal originations in June 2017 were 2,179,551, up 4.5 percent, or 94,599 carloads and intermodal units, from June 2016.
 
In June 2017, eight of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month saw carload gains compared with June 2016. These included: coal, up 40,333 carloads or 13.2 percent; crushed stone, gravel, and sand, up 16,747 carloads or 18.5 percent; and chemicals, up 4,888 carloads or 4.1 percent.  Commodities that saw declines in June 2017 from June 2016 included motor vehicles and parts, down 7,168 carloads or 9.5 percent; petroleum & petroleum products, down 6,724 carloads or 15.2 percent; and metallic ores, down 2,025 carloads or 7.7 percent.
 
“Rail traffic indicators of the economy remain mixed. While some commodity groups, such as intermodal, chemicals, and crushed stone and sand (driven heavily by frac sand) set new all-time first half records and a few others like grain and coke set post-recession records, several other traffic categories continue to struggle,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray.  “All of this indicates an industrial economy that may not yet have a clear direction forward and one that continues to undergo structural change. It is a sign of the reality railroads constantly face: changing markets that are difficult to foresee and plan for.”

Excluding coal, U.S. rail carloads were up 4,841 carloads, or 0.7 percent, in June 2017 over June 2016.  Excluding coal and grain, carloads were up 3,668 carloads, or 0.6 percent, for the month.
 
Total U.S. carload traffic for the first six months of 2017 was 6,699,453 carloads, up 6.4 percent, or 404,078 carloads, from the same period last year; and a record 6,892,673 intermodal units, up 2.7 percent, or 179,515 containers and trailers, from last year and up 0.5 percent, or 32,614 units, over the previous record in the first half of 2015.
 
Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 26 weeks of 2017 was 13,592,126 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.5 percent compared to last year.
 
Week Ending July 1, 2017

 
Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 546,361 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year.
 
Total carloads for the week ending July 1 were 270,353 carloads, up 2.3 percent compared with the same week in 2016, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 276,008 containers and trailers, up 4 percent compared to 2016.
 
Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2016. They included coal, up 10.1 percent to 87,750 carloads; nonmetallic minerals, up 9 percent to 39,503 carloads; and chemicals, up 2 percent to 31,851 carloads. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2016 included petroleum and petroleum products, down 20.8 percent to 8,862 carloads; motor vehicles and parts, down 12 percent to 16,503 carloads; and farm products excl. grain, and food, down 6.1 percent to 16,044 carloads.
 
North American rail volume for the week ending July 1, 2017, on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 366,143 carloads, up 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year, and 353,457 intermodal units, up 5.9 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 719,600 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.2 percent. North American rail volume for the first 26 weeks of 2017 was 18,003,299 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.7 percent compared with 2016.
 
Canadian railroads reported 79,043 carloads for the week, up 15.1 percent, and 66,334 intermodal units, up 15.6 percent compared with the same week in 2016. For the first 26 weeks of 2017, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 3,709,721 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.8 percent.
 
Mexican railroads reported 16,747 carloads for the week, down 4.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,115 intermodal units, up 0.04 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 26 weeks of 2017 was 701,452 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 1.4 percent from the same point last year.

 



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Posted 12 July 2017 - 07:05 PM

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AAR Reports Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending July 8, 2017

 

Washington, D.C. –  July 12, 2017

 

​The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 8, 2017. The July 4th holiday is included both in this year and the comparable week of 2016.

 

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 453,080 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.4 percent compared with the same week last year.

 

Total carloads for the week ending July 8 were 229,501 carloads, up 1.1 percent compared with the same week in 2016, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 223,579 containers and trailers, up 3.7 percent compared to 2016.

 

Three of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2016. They were nonmetallic minerals, up 17.3 percent to 34,115 carloads; coal, up 5.7 percent to 76,931 carloads; and chemicals, up 4.4 percent to 29,246 carloads. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2016 included petroleum and petroleum products, down 19 percent to 8,449 carloads; miscellaneous carloads, down 15.3 percent to 7,853 carloads; and grain, down 13.3 percent to 18,062 carloads.

 

For the first 27 weeks of 2017, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,928,954 carloads, up 6.2 percent from the same point last year; and 7,116,252 intermodal units, up 2.7 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 27 weeks of 2017 was 14,045,206 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 4.4 percent compared to last year.

 

North American rail volume for the week ending July 8, 2017, on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 315,590 carloads, up 2.1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 296,571 intermodal units, up 3.8 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 612,161 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.9 percent. North American rail volume for the first 27 weeks of 2017 was 18,615,460 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.6 percent compared with 2016.

 

Canadian railroads reported 70,901 carloads for the week, up 6.1 percent, and 62,860 intermodal units, up 7.3 percent compared with the same week in 2016. For the first 27 weeks of 2017, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 3,843,482 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.6 percent.

 

Mexican railroads reported 15,188 carloads for the week, down 0.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,132 intermodal units, down 12.5 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 27 weeks of 2017 was 726,772 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 1.6 percent from the same point last year.

 






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