Total traffic was 270,006 carloads, down 1.5%, while U.S. intermodal volume was 280,350 containers and trailers, up 6.8%.
Three of the 10 carload commodity groups that AAR follows weekly posted an increase compared with the same week in 2016. They were nonmetallic minerals, 6.5% to 40,192 carloads; coal, 2.4% to 92,430 carloads, and chemicals, 1.7% to 31,556 carloads.
Commodity groups that posted decreases included grain, 16% to 20,725 carloads; petroleum and petroleum products, 14.2% to 8,910 carloads, and motor vehicles and parts, 13.9% to 15,008 carloads.
North American rail volume for the week ending July 29 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 363,946 carloads, up 0.7% and 362,580 intermodal units, up 9.6%. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 726,526 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.9%. North American rail volume for the first 30 weeks of 2017 was 20,757,326 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.4% compared with 2016.
Canadian railroads reported 77,869 carloads for the week, up 8.4%, and 71,202 intermodal units, up 14.9% – the best-ever week for Canadian intermodal rail traffic. For the first 30 weeks of 2017, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 4,276,788 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.5%.
Mexican railroads reported 16,071 carloads for the week, up 3.7% from same week a year ago, and 11,028 intermodal units, up 73.4%. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 30 weeks of 2017 was 810,819 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 0.3%.