U.S. Rail Traffic for the week ending November 19, 2022

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 19, 2022.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 491,794 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending November 19 were 235,887 carloads, down 0.6 percent compared with the same week in 2021, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 255,907 containers and trailers, down 5.6 percent compared to 2021.

Four of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2021. They included grain, up 2,039 carloads, to 26,624; coal, up 1,766 carloads, to 66,485; and nonmetallic minerals, up 463 carloads, to 31,558. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2021 included chemicals, down 3,081 carloads, to 31,074; motor vehicles and parts, down 1,030 carloads, to 13,631; and forest products, down 864 carloads, to 9,033.

For the first 46 weeks of 2022, U.S. railroads reported a cumulative volume of 10,686,013 carloads, up 0.2 percent from the same point last year; and 12,091,589 intermodal units, down 4.8 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 46 weeks of 2022 was 22,777,602 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 2.5 percent compared to last year.

North American rail volume for the week ending November 19, 2022, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 341,621 carloads, up 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 338,616 intermodal units, down 0.2 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 680,237 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.5 percent. North American rail volume for the first 46 weeks of 2022 was 31,230,674 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.9 percent compared with 2021.

Canadian railroads reported 82,709 carloads for the week, up 12.8 percent, and 65,975 intermodal units, up 24.8 percent compared with the same week in 2021. For the first 46 weeks of 2022, Canadian railroads reported a cumulative rail traffic volume of 6,716,105 carloads, containers, and trailers, down 1.4 percent.

Mexican railroads reported 23,025 carloads for the week, up 11.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 16,734 intermodal units, up 9.4 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 46 weeks of 2022 was 1,736,967 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 3.7 percent from the same point last year.

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