U.S. freight traffic was up 2.8 percent for the week ending Nov. 19 compared with what it was for the week in 2015.
Carload volume was 271,420, up 1.3 percent compared while intermodal volume was 276,384 containers and trailers, up 4.4 percent.
Three of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked by the AAR posted an increase compared with the same week in 2015.
They were grain, up 19.9 percent to 25,916 carloads; farm products, excluding grain, and food, up 3.5 percent to 17,057 carloads; and coal, up 1.7 percent to 94,751 carloads.
Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2015 included petroleum and petroleum products, down 6.9 percent to 11,076 carloads; metallic ores and metals, down 3.4 percent to 19,099 carloads; and motor vehicles and parts, down 2.5 percent to 18,611 carloads.