AAR REPORTS WEEKLY RAIL TRAFFIC FOR THE WEEK ENDING JUNE 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jun. 22, 2016 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jun. 18, 2016.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 516,096 carloads and intermodal units, down 6.3 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending Jun. 18 were 250,748 carloads, down 8.5 percent compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 265,348 containers and trailers, down 4.2 percent compared to 2015.

Three of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2015. They were grain, up 24.3 percent to 22,711 carloads; miscellaneous carloads, up 16.8 percent to 10,454 carloads; and motor vehicles and parts, up 0.1 percent to 18,700 carloads. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2015 included petroleum and petroleum products, down 24.8 percent to 10,627 carloads; coal, down 20.6 percent to 75,606 carloads; and metallic ores and metals, down 8.9 percent to 22,944 carloads.

For the first 24 weeks of 2016, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,773,236 carloads, down 13.3 percent from the same point last year; and 6,179,631 intermodal units, down 2.4 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 24 weeks of 2016 was 11,952,867 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 8 percent compared to last year.

North American rail volume for the week ending Jun. 18, 2016, on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 334,723 carloads, down 9.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 334,037 intermodal units, down 4.9 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 668,760 carloads and intermodal units, down 7.2 percent. North American rail volume for the first 24 weeks of 2016 was 15,665,522 carloads and intermodal units, down 7.6 percent compared with 2015.

Canadian railroads reported 67,059 carloads for the week, down 13.2 percent, and 57,744 intermodal units, down 7.9 percent compared with the same week in 2015. For the first 24 weeks of 2016, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 3,062,509 carloads, containers and trailers, down 7.8 percent.

Mexican railroads reported 16,916 carloads for the week, down 4.1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,945 intermodal units, down 5.7 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 24 weeks of 2016 was 650,146 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 0.2 percent from the same point last year.

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