Coal rail traffic in October was 7.6% less than one year earlier

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Nov. 2 that coal traffic on U.S. railroads during the month of October was down 7.6% from levels recorded in October 2015.

The coal traffic during the month was down 29,621 carloads during the month of October when compared to one year earlier.

U.S. coal traffic for the week ended Oct. 29 amounted to 93,365 cars, which was down 2.5% from the same week in 2016. Year-to-date coal traffic totals more than 3.31 million cars for an average of 77,095 carloads per week.

That makes the domestic year-to-date coal rail traffic down 23.8% from the first 10 months of 2015, according to the AAR statistics.

Across North America, coal rail traffic for the week of Oct. 29 was 100,520 cars, which is 3.8% less than the same week in 2015. Year-to-date figures for North America show total coal rail traffic at roughly 3.62 million cars or an average of 84,193 carloads per week.

That makes North American coal rail traffic off 23% compared to the first 10 months of 2015.

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