U.S. Rail Traffic for the week ending August 20, 2022

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 20, 2022.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 501,548 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.1 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending August 20 were 237,404 carloads, up 2.9 percent compared with the same week in 2021, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 264,144 containers and trailers, down 2.4 percent compared to 2021.

Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2021. They included coal, up 4,321 carloads, to 68,280; grain, up 2,825 carloads, to 20,974; and farm products excl. grain, and food, up 2,128 carloads, to 17,031. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2021 were miscellaneous carloads, down 1,951 carloads, to 8,600; metallic ores and metals, down 1,248 carloads, to 22,270; and petroleum and petroleum products, down 627 carloads, to 9,681.

For the first 33 weeks of 2022, U.S. railroads reported a cumulative volume of 7,606,648 carloads, down 0.01 percent from the same point last year; and 8,707,653 intermodal units, down 5.5 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 33 weeks of 2022 was 16,314,301 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 3 percent compared to last year.

North American rail volume for the week ending August 20, 2022, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 334,389 carloads, up 2.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 354,588 intermodal units, down 1.7 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 688,977 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.2 percent. North American rail volume for the first 33 weeks of 2022 was 22,296,729 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.8 percent compared with 2021.

Canadian railroads reported 75,585 carloads for the week, up 1.2 percent, and 74,484 intermodal units, up 1 percent compared with the same week in 2021. For the first 33 weeks of 2022, Canadian railroads reported a cumulative rail traffic volume of 4,747,008 carloads, containers, and trailers, down 3.2 percent.

Mexican railroads reported 21,400 carloads for the week, down 1.1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 15,960 intermodal units, down 2.5 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 33 weeks of 2022 was 1,235,420 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 1.1 percent from the same point last year.

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