AAR - Association of American Railroads

01/25/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/25/2023 11:20

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending January 21, 2023

RAIL TRAFFIC FOR THE WEEK ENDING JANUARY 21, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 25, 2023 - The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending January 21, 2023.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 467,485 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.1 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending January 21 were 230,545 carloads, up 3.3 percent compared with the same week in 2022, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 236,940 containers and trailers, down 6.7 percent compared to 2022.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2022. They included nonmetallic minerals, up 5,895 carloads, to 31,264; coal, up 2,454 carloads, to 68,675; and motor vehicles and parts, up 2,321 carloads, to 13,166. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2022 included chemicals, down 2,891 carloads, to 31,038; grain, down 1,262 carloads, to 22,015; and forest products, down 799 carloads, to 9,065.

For the first three weeks of 2023, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 687,678 carloads, up 3.0 percent from the same point last year; and 682,296 intermodal units, down 8.4 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first three weeks of 2023 was 1,369,974 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 3.0 percent compared to last year.

North American rail volume for the week ending January 21, 2023, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 336,113 carloads, up 6.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 309,502 intermodal units, down 6.7 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 645,615 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.1 percent. North American rail volume for the first three weeks of 2023 was 1,893,180 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.5 percent compared with 2022.

Canadian railroads reported 82,940 carloads for the week, up 20.2 percent, and 56,839 intermodal units, down 7.9 percent compared with the same week in 2022. For the first three weeks of 2023, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 413,325 carloads, containers and trailers, up 8.7 percent.

Mexican railroads reported 22,628 carloads for the week, up 0.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 15,723 intermodal units, down 1.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first three weeks of 2023 was 109,881 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 0.3 percent from the same point last year.

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For more information contact: AAR Media Relations at [email protected] or 202-639-2345.

About AAR: The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is the world's leading railroad policy, research and technology organization focusing on the safety and productivity of rail carriers. AAR members include the major freight railroads of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak. Learn more at www.aar.org.

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