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(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, April 17, 2024)

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 13, 2024.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 466,463 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.5 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending April 13 were 208,381 carloads, down 8.2 percent compared with the same week in 2023, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 258,082 containers and trailers, up 11.0 percent compared to 2023.

Four of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2023. They included motor vehicles and parts, up 1,420 carloads, to 16,288; petroleum and petroleum products, up 1,352 carloads, to 10,403; and farm products excl. grain, and food, up 788 carloads, to 17,002. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2023 included coal, down 17,826 carloads, to 45,218; metallic ores and metals, down 3,095 carloads, to 18,658; and nonmetallic minerals, down 1,301 carloads, to 31,631.

For the first 15 weeks of 2024, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,191,350 carloads, down 4.5 percent from the same point last year; and 3,767,729 intermodal units, up 9.1 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 15 weeks of 2024 was 6,959,079 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 2.4 percent compared to last year.

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