Rail traffic up for aggregate materials in May 2017

By |  June 12, 2017

Photo courtesy of Lehigh Hanson

Rail traffic of crushed stone, sand and gravel increased in May 2017 when compared with figures reported during the same time last year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

U.S. railroads originated about 1.3 million carloads in May 2017, which is up 8.4 percent compared with May 2016, AAR reports. In addition, carloads of crushed stone, sand and gravel increased 15.3 percent, or 17,416 carloads, in May 2017 compared with May 2016.

“All things considered, May was a good month for rail traffic,” says John Gray, senior vice president of AAR. “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. Excluding coal, carloads in May were up 4.1 percent, their biggest monthly increase in more than two years, and May was the best intermodal month of the year.”

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