U.S. coal traffic on the railroads down almost 30% from same week in 2015

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported March 9 that U.S. coal-by-rail traffic for the week ended March 5 was down 29.6% to 71,669 carloads.

Year-to-date U.S. rail car traffic is down 30.3%, AAR said. Coal remains, however, the largest single domestic commodity moved by rail.

Meanwhile coal loadings in Canada were down 14.3% from the same week last year, according to AAR data. Coal traffic in Mexico was down 9.2% for the same week last year.

For the first nine weeks of 2016, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,194,100 carloads, down 12.9% from the same point last year; and 2,353,933 intermodal units, up 7.6% from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first nine weeks of 2016 was 4,548,033 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 3.4% compared to last year.

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