U.S. Rail Traffic for the week ending July 23, 2022

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 23, 2022.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 498,901 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.8 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending July 23 were 232,565 carloads, up 1.1 percent compared with the same week in 2021, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 266,336 containers and trailers, down 2.5 percent compared to 2021.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2021. They included motor vehicles and parts, up 1,790 carloads, to 12,559; coal, up 1,772 carloads, to 67,719; and farm products excl. grain, and food, up 950 carloads, to 15,627. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2021 included metallic ores and metals, down 1,516 carloads, to 21,601; petroleum and petroleum products, down 490 carloads, to 10,038; and miscellaneous carloads, down 228 carloads, to 9,468.

For the first 29 weeks of 2022, U.S. railroads reported a cumulative volume of 6,663,741 carloads, down 0.2 percent from the same point last year; and 7,644,302 intermodal units, down 5.9 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 29 weeks of 2022 was 14,308,043 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 3.3 percent compared to last year.

North American rail volume for the week ending July 23, 2022, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 328,063 carloads, down 0.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 352,928 intermodal units, down 2.4 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 680,991 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.4 percent. North American rail volume for the first 29 weeks of 2022 was 19,533,345 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.3 percent compared with 2021.

Canadian railroads reported 73,607 carloads for the week, down 2.2 percent, and 70,481 intermodal units, down 0.9 percent compared with the same week in 2021. For the first 29 weeks of 2022, Canadian railroads reported a cumulative rail traffic volume of 4,151,626 carloads, containers, and trailers, down 3.9 percent.

Mexican railroads reported 21,891 carloads for the week, down 8.5 percent compared with the same week last year, and 16,111 intermodal units, down 7.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 29 weeks of 2022 was 1,073,676 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 0.4 percent from the same point last year.

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