Carload traffic fell 2.9 percent year-over-year but rose 6.6 percent from the prior week. Shipments of farm products excluding grain, metallic ores, and waste and nonferrous scrap fell on a double-digit basis from the same period a year ago. Coal volume plunged 9.7 percent year-over-year, while grain traffic ticked up 1.6 percent in the same period.
Year to date, U.S. intermodal traffic is up 3.7 percent from the same period in 2011, while railcar traffic was down 2.4 percent in the same period.
Canadian intermodal volume in the week ending Sept. 15 rose 7.4 percent year-over-year, and carload volume expanded 4.1 percent. Year to date, Canadian intermodal volume is up 6.9 percent year-over-year, and carload traffic is up 2.8 percent.
Mexican intermodal volume last week increased 28 percent year-over-year, and carload traffic rose 8.4 percent. In the first 37 weeks of 2012, intermodal traffic rose 18.4 percent from the same period in 2011, but carload volume was down 0.1 percent.