American Association of Railroads

U.S. Rail Traffic for the week ending November 5, 2022

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 5, 2022.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 502,106 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.4 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending November 5 were 243,276 carloads, up 3.2 percent compared with the same week in 2021, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 258,830 containers and trailers, down 3.6 percent compared to 2021.

Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2021. They included nonmetallic minerals, up 3,499 carloads, to 34,129; motor vehicles and parts, up 2,515 carloads, to 14,510; and coal, up 1,416 carloads, to 68,303. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2021 were chemicals, down 1,081 carloads, to 32,803; miscellaneous carloads, down 249 carloads, to 9,344; and forest products, down 238 carloads, to 9,325.

For the first 44 weeks of 2022, U.S. railroads reported a cumulative volume of 10,214,652 carloads, up 0.2 percent from the same point last year; and 11,580,806 intermodal units, down 4.7 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 44 weeks of 2022 was 21,795,458 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 2.5 percent compared to last year.

North American rail volume for the week ending November 5, 2022, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 346,035 carloads, up 2.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 342,343 intermodal units, down 4.1 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 688,378 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.7 percent. North American rail volume for the first 44 weeks of 2022 was 29,879,757 carloads and intermodal units, down 2 percent compared with 2021.

Canadian railroads reported 82,653 carloads for the week, up 3.8 percent, and 68,784 intermodal units, down 6.2 percent compared with the same week in 2021. For the first 44 weeks of 2022, Canadian railroads reported a cumulative rail traffic volume of 6,422,164 carloads, containers, and trailers, down 1.8 percent.

Mexican railroads reported 20,106 carloads for the week, down 3.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 14,729 intermodal units, down 2.7 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 44 weeks of 2022 was 1,662,135 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 3.8 percent from the same point last year.

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