Media Kit » Try RailPrime™ Today! »
Progressive Railroading
Newsletter Sign Up
Stay updated on news, articles and information for the rail industry

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

View Current Digital Issue »


Rail News Home Rail Industry Trends


Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

U.S. freight-rail traffic fell nearly 2 percent in Week 18


U.S. railroads logged 504,927 carloads and intermodal units in the week ending May 7, a 3.5% decrease compared with freight-rail traffic hauled during the same week last year, according to Association of American Railroads data.

Total carloads for the week dipped 1.9% to 231,737 units, while intermodal volume fell 4.9% to 273,190 containers and trailers.

Three of the 10 carload commodity groups that AAR tracks every week posted increases. They were motor vehicles and parts, up 3,071 carloads to 14,400; nonmetallic minerals, up 1,671 carloads to 33,952; and coal, up 522 carloads to 63,281.

Commodity groups that posted decreases included metallic ores and metals, down 4,195 carloads to 19,315; grain, down 2,813 carloads to 22,402; and petroleum and petroleum products, down 1,177 carloads to 8,940.

Meanwhile, Canadian railroads posted 75,688 carloads for the week, down 0.1%, and 78,457 intermodal units, up 1.3%. Mexican railroads logged 21,733 carloads for the week, up 15.1%, and 15,597 intermodal units, up 9.3%.

For the first 18 weeks of 2022 compared with the same period in 2021:
• U.S. railroads reported 8,864,939 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.4%;
• Canadian railroads reported 2,541,637 carloads, containers and trailers, down 6.9%; and
• Mexican railroads reported 671,655 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 2.7%.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

More News from 5/12/2022