U.S. railroads logged 5 percent traffic growth in July
August 2, 2018
In July, U.S. railroads moved 2,156,435 carloads and intermodal units, marking a 5.2 percent increase over the same month in 2017.
The roads’ intermodal volume grew 6.9 percent to 1,108,142 units, while carload volume ticked up 3.5 precent to 1,048,293 units, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data.
In addition, 15 of the 20 carload commodities that AAR tracks each month logged gains compared with July 2017. Those included grain, up 12,066 carloads or 14.7 percent; petroleum and petroleum products, up 9,661 carloads or 27 percent; and chemicals, up 5,649 carloads or 4.6 percent.
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