Econintersect: Week 24 of 2013 ending 15 June shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) improved according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Both railcar count and intermodal is up.
- Weekly overall data is up, and up ignoring coal and grain;
- Four week rolling average is improving, and better than the rolling average one year ago;
- 13 week rolling average is improving, and better than the rolling average one year ago;
- 52 week rolling average is improving, and better than the rolling average one year ago;
A summary of the data:
Four of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, led by petroleum and petroleum products, up 35.6 percent. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included grain, down 12.1 percent.
For the first 24 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,648,308 carloads, down 1.6 percent from the same point last year, and 5,767,958 intermodal units, up 3.9 percent from last year. Total U.S. traffic for the first 24 weeks of 2013 was 12,416,266 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.9 percent from last year.
USA coal production is up 2.1% same week year-over-year, and coal over the last few months is becoming a neutral to positive dynamic on rail.
|This week Year-over-Year||0.5%||1.7%||1.1%|
|Ignoring coal and grain||2.6%|
|Year Cumulative to Date||-1.6%||3.9%||0.9%|
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Current Rail Chart
For the week ended June 15, 2013: