U.S. coal rail traffic down almost 39% compared to same point in 2015

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reports that the amount of coal that moved over U.S. railroads during the week ended March 19, was 64,754 carloads, which amounted to a 38.7% less than the same week in 2015.

Year-to-date coal traffic on U.S. railroads is down 31.4% compared to the first 11 weeks of 2015, AAR said.

The AAR released its figures on March 23.

Canadian coal rail traffic was down 20.4% for the week ended March 19 and is down 16.9% for the first 11 weeks of 2016, AAR said.

In addition, Mexican rail traffic was down 23.4% for the week and 14.5% year-to-date, according to the AAR data.

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