The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported mixed results for weekly rail traffic, with U.S. railroads originating 281,387 carloads for the week ending July 16, 2011, down 0.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 230,324 trailers and containers, up 1.2 percent compared with the same week last year.
Fourteen of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases from the comparable week in 2010, including: iron and steel scrap, up 34.8 percent; metals and products, up 18.7 percent, and petroleum products, up 18.3 percent. Groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included: waste and nonferrous scrap, down 17.3 percent; coal, down 6.7 percent, and primary forest products, down 5.8 percent.
Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was up 0.1 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 0.5 percent compared with the same week in 2010.
For the first 28 weeks of 2011, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 8,066,188 carloads, up 2.4 percent from the same point last year, and 6,279,076 trailers and containers, up 7.2 percent from last year.
Combined North American rail volume for the first 28 weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 10,536,554 carloads, up 2.5 percent compared with the same point last year, and 7,812,128 trailers and containers, up 6.7 percent compared with last year.