North American weekly average coal rail traffic running 25.1% behind last year

United States coal traffic moving by rail during the week ended Sept. 17 amounted to 90,369 car loads or 12.5% less than during the same week in 2015, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Through the first 37 weeks of 2015, the cumulative U.S. coal rail traffic totals more than 2.77 million carloads, for a weekly average of 74,976 carloads. The figure reflects a 26.1% decrease from the first 37 weeks of 2015.

Across North America, there were 97,233 carloads during the week ended Sept. 17. The cumulative North American total for the first 37 weeks equals roughly 3.04 million carloads. That’s an average of 82,129 carloads per week.

The North American weekly average is running 25.1% below the weekly average from one year ago, according to AAR.

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