U.S. coal rail traffic in March decreased almost 36% from March 2015

U.S. coal rail traffic was down 35.9% during the month of March, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

In addition coal traffic for the week ending April 2 was 62,256 carloads or down 39.2% from the same week in 2015, according to AAR.

The year-to-date figure puts U.S. coal traffic at 937,815 carloads for a weekly average of more than 72,000 carloads. That translates to a 32.5% decrease in U.S. coal traffic year-to-date.

For North America as a whole, the coal traffic for the week ended April 2 was 70,221 carloads. That translates in a 36.8% decline from the same week in 2015.

Year-to-date North American coal traffic amounted to roughly 1.03 million carloads or an average of 79,362 coal carloads per week. That translates to 31.2% less North American coal traffic than at the same point in 2015.

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