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20 Jun 2017

Temps and Rail Traffic on the Rise

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Summer may bring a slower pace for some, but the rail freight industry is picking up steam, continuing the momentum of the first quarter of 2017. U.S. rail freight traffic continues its growth for a fourth straight month over 2016 carload numbers. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reports an 8.4% increase in rail traffic in May, compared to the same time last year. AAR Senior VP John Gray reports in a press release that “Thirteen of the 20 commodity categories we track had higher carloads in May 2017 than in May 2016, including the four biggest categories – coal, chemicals, crushed stone and sand, and grain.”

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